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Calder : the conquest of space

Author: Jed Perl; Recorded Books, Inc.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2020.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English
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The concluding volume to the first biography of one of the most important, influential, and beloved twentieth-century sculptors, and one of the greatest artists in the cultural history of America--is a vividly written, illuminating account of his triumphant later years.The second and final volume of this magnificent biography begins during World War II, when Calder--known to all as Sandy--and his wife, Louisa,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Perl, Jed
Calder: the Conquest of Space
: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group,c2020
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jed Perl; Recorded Books, Inc.
ISBN: 9780451494122 0451494121
OCLC Number: 1151839633
Description: 1 online resource.
Responsibility: Jed Perl.

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The concluding volume to the first biography of one of the most important, influential, and beloved twentieth-century sculptors, and one of the greatest artists in the cultural history of America--is a vividly written, illuminating account of his triumphant later years.The second and final volume of this magnificent biography begins during World War II, when Calder--known to all as Sandy--and his wife, Louisa, opened their home to a stream of artists and writers in exile from Europe. In the postwar decades, they divided their time between the United States and France, as Calder made his first monumental public sculptures and received blockbuster commissions that included Expo '67 in Montreal and the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Jed Perl makes clear how Calder's radical sculptural imagination shaped the minimalist and kinetic art movements that emerged in the 1960s. And we see, as well, that through everything--their ever-expanding friendships with artists and writers of all stripes; working to end the war in Vietnam; hosting riotous dance parties at their Connecticut home; seeing the "mobile," Calder's essential artistic invention, find its way into Webster's dictionary--Calder and Louisa remained the risk-taking, singularly bohemian couple they had been since first meeting at the end of the Roaring Twenties. The biography ends with Calder's death in 1976 at the age of seventy-eight--only weeks after an encyclopedic retrospective of his work opened at the Whitney Museum in New York--but leaves us with a new, clearer understanding of his legacy, both as an artist and a man.

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