Steel and wire, painted
United States
Overall (see remarks): 26 1/2 × 132 in. (67.31 × 335.28 cm)

“Sandy” Calder was born into a Philadelphia family of eminent sculptors. Before departing for Paris in 1926, he earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, and studied at New York’s Art Students League.

Inspired by his 1930 visit to the studio of Dutch modernist painter Piet Mondrian, whose abstractions represented both spiritual quests and machine-age optimism, Calder decided to put his engineering knowledge to inventive artistic use. The resulting sculptures – such as this work, which Calder made especially for VMFA – move in response to natural air currents. Calder described the mobile form as “a piece of poetry that dances with the joy of life and surprises.”

Museum Purchase and Gift of Phillip L. Goodwin by exchange
Look Here: Speed, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, September 6, 2006 - January 7, 2007

New Accessions USA, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado SPrings, CO, July 3 - September 2, 1952
Created for Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), Richmond, Virginia by the artist in June of 1951, in exchange for a deaccessioned object.

[1] Accessioned September 28, 1951. See VMFA Curatorial file.
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