Alexander Calder Quotes

Alexander Calder (/?k??ld?r/; August 22, 1898 – November 11, 1976) was an American sculptor known as the originator of the mobile, a type of moving sculpture made with delicately balanced or suspended shapes that move in response to touch or air currents. Calder’s monumental stationary sculptures are called stabiles. He also produced wire figures, which are like drawings made in space, and notably a miniature circus work that was performed by the artist

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Alexander Calder


Why must art be static? You look at an abstraction, sculptured or painted, an entirely exciting arrangement of planes, spheres, nuclei, entirely without meaning. It would be perfect, but it is always still. The next step in sculpture is motion.

Alexander Calder


Above all, art should be fun.

Alexander Calder


My fingers always seem busier than my mind.

Alexander Calder


My fan mail is enormous. Everyone is under six.

Alexander Calder


About my method of work: first itâ??s the state of mindâ??Elation (joy).

Alexander Calder


Just as one can compose colors, or forms, so one can compose motions.

Alexander Calder


If you can imagine a thing, conjure it up in space then you can make it... The universe is real but you can't see it. You have to imagine it. Then you can be realistic about reproducing it.

Alexander Calder


The trouble with a lot of artists today is that they have too much technique and equipment. They don't know what to do with it all. If you cut down on it, you can work more strongly within narrower limits.

Alexander Calder


The first inspiration I ever had was the cosmos, the planetary system.

Alexander Calder


The next step in sculpture is motion.

Alexander Calder


My whole theory about art is the disparity that exists between form, masses and movement.

Alexander Calder


The simplest forms in the universe are the sphere and the circle. I represent them by disks and then I vary them... spheres of different sizes, densities, colours and volumes, floating in space, traversing clouds, sprays of water, currents of air, viscosities and odours - of the greatest variety and disparity.

Alexander Calder


To an engineer, good enough means perfect. With an artist, there's no such thing as perfect.

Alexander Calder


I paint with shapes.

Alexander Calder


“The underlying sense of form in my work has been the system of the Universe, or part thereof. For that is a rather large model to work from.”

Alexander Calder