It's no surprise that our gallery's Mark White is a huge fan of Alexander Calder (1898-1976), the American artist most famous for his mobile wind sculptures. Crafted of cut-out colored metal, wire, and other materials, Calder's fluid, hyper-delicate sculptures were markedly sensitive to environmental factors, like subtle breezes.
Calder's mobiles have a distinctively mid-century vibe, characterized by their sleek lines, bold coloration, and joyfully abstracted shapes.
He's certainly best known for his sculpture, but Calder worked in a number of materials and media. Some of his most captivating pieces, in fact, are arguable his graphics-heavy, primary color-saturated paintings and works on paper.
Calder worked with wire in multiple ways, experimenting with stationary, figurative works like this portrait of his friend and fellow artist, Joan Miró:
Calder contributed a number of large-scale sculptural works to public and private collections worldwide, like the following arching, monochromatic piece here:
Pretty inspiring, isn't it?