Intermediate Model for the Arch

Alexander Calder (American, 1898 - 1976)

1975. Oil on canvas, 144 x 129 x 101". 1980.036

Alexander Calder is among the most important sculptors of the twentieth century. He is best known for his invention of playful hanging sculptures called Mobiles. Calder has also created stabiles, which are stationary sculptures, often whimsical, inspired by organic forms. The works can be found in public and private settings throughout the world. This Stabile is a scale model (one-to-five) of Arch, whose full-sized version is painted steel, fifty-two feet high. It is balanced on one “toe” on a site at the Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, New York.

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