Alexander Calder, born in Lawnton, Pennsylvania, in 1898, was one of the most influential artists of the late 20th century. He was the first who made mobile sculptures: colorful, merry sculptures which hang from the ceiling of universities and galleries all around the world or, combined with stable sculptures, they decorate gardens and houses.
However, Alexander Calder also created paintings, lithographs, toys, household objects, tapestry and jewelry, always full of creativity and looking for new challenges.
Precisely, today we are going to speak about his jewels, about 1800 pieces, most of them gifts for family or friends: Joan Miro, Marcel Duchamp’s wife, Marc Chagall’s wife, or Georgia O’Keeffe, because his friends, as his art, were also between Abstract and Surrealism.
The pieces brake with traditional jewelry and they have been imitated by craftsmen until today. Made of brass and steel, with bits of ceramic, glass and wood. He hardly used solder, because he joinned strips of metal with loops or assured them with snippets of wire or molded rivets. Primitivism is the result, a primitivism which remembers African cultures, able to create beauty from poor materials. Exceptional results.
Yareah magazine likes Alexander Calder. He was one of the first artists who believed all art manifestations are important, and this is one of our goals, because the soul of an artist cannot be reduced to few genres since the creation and passion are permanent.
In 1952, Calder represented US at the Venice Biennale. He was awarded the main prize for sculpture. In 1858, he won the First Prize for Sculpture at the Pittsburgh International. And in 1977, two months after his death, Calder was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, by President Gerald Ford.
In 1987, the Calder Foundation was founded by Calder’s family, and his influence continue more than ever.
See also: http://calder.org