Alexander Calder profoundly influenced the trajectory of contemporary art through his dynamic, three-dimensional kinetic artworks, famously dubbed "mobiles" by Marcel Duchamp. His wide-ranging artistic endeavors extended to include static sculpture, painting, stage and attire design, expansive public installations, and the crafting of jewelry.
Resonating with tenets of Futurism, Constructivism and early non-objective painting, Calder’s mobiles consist of boldly colored abstract shapes, which are made from industrial materials and hang in lyrical balance. Calder was an international phenomenon during his lifetime. He won the grand prize for sculpture at the 1952 Venice Biennale, where he represented the United States. He earned the French Legion of Honor and the American Presidential Medal of Freedom, among other honors. Calder has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the Rijksmuseum, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, and the Museo Reina Sofía. His work regularly sells for eight figures on the secondary market.