Calder, Alexander. Stabile

Alexander Calder, Stabile
Alexander Calder, Stabile, 1965

Artist: Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976)

Title: Stabile


Date: c. 1965

Dimensions: 25″ x 31″

Location in Library: Fourth floor

Media: Lithograph

works on paper

Owner: The Brooklyn College Library Collection. © Calder Foundation, New York; Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


Alexander Calder revolutionized sculpture by making movement one of its main components. His moving sculptures were called “mobiles”–a word coined in 1931 by the artist Marcel Duchamp. Later in his career he created giant open and transparent stationary constructions which were named “stabiles.” These works challenged the traditional notions of sculpture as a solid and static. Moreover, Calder’s inventive abstract forms and innovative use of nontraditional materials, were very influential in changing the art of sculpture. This lithograph is a study for one of Calder’s monumental stabiles. These sculptures have have become public landmarks in many cities around the world.

Related Websites

Calder Foundation

Alexander Calder at Guggenheim Museum

Alexander Calder at National Gallery of Art

– Alexander Calder at MOMA 

Suggested Readings
– Prather, Maria. Alexander Calder, 1898-1976, 1998.
Call Number: Folio N6537 .C33 A4 1998
– Marchesseau, Daniel. The Intimate World of Alexander Calder, 1989.
Call Number: Folio N6537 .C33 M3613 1989

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