Calder's sculptures have always intrigued me. He could twist a wire and it would be a horse, and cast a silhouette of a horse. He could shape metal plates or wood forms and wire them together into fascinating assemblages -- mobiles. Now, over 80 years later, it seems as if mobiles must have existed forever. They didn't! Calder invented the mobile and showed them in art shows in the late 1920s -- his creation was named in 1931 by Marcel Duchamp. Though there were other instances of hanging kinetic sculptures, he created this modern version.
|Calder's depiction of the dancer Josephine Baker really|
captures her famous ability to move, I think.
|A red metal Calder mobile hangs in the huge atrium of the newly renovated building.|
|A version of this work, "Fish," is in the Calder room at the National Gallery. This one and the two that follow|
are from the permanent collection of the Hirshhorn Museum, which faces the National Gallery across the Mall.
|"Vertical Constellation with Yellow Bone."|
|Changing from Calder: This sculpture is titled "Legs" by Louise Bourgeois.|
I loved the way the Hirshhorn guard just happened to stand beside it.
|Art work designed for taking a selfie, in the National Gallery atrium.|