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Alexander Calder Quotes and Sayings|
Inspirational Art Quotes by the famous
American Sculptor Alexander Calder
born Alexander Calder - USA - July
22, 1898 / Died - November 11, 1976
Popular Alexander Calder periods include standing
and hanging mobile sculpture, wire portrait
sculpture, monumental outdoor works, motorized
sculpture, and wall mobiles.
+ The sense of motion in painting and sculpture
has long been considered as one of the primary
elements of the composition.
+ From the beginning of my abstract work, even
when it might not have seemed so, I felt there
was no better model for me to choose than the
+ When an artist explains what he is doing he
usually has to do one of two things: either scrap
what he has explained, or make his subsequent
work fit in with the explanation.
+ A knowledge of and sympathy with the qualities
of the materials used are essential to proper
+ Each element can move, shift or sway back &
forth in a changing relation to each of the other
elements in the universe. Thus, they reveal not
only isolated moments, but a physical law or variation
among the elements of life. Not extractions, but
abstractions. Abstractions which resemble no living
things except by their manner of reacting.
+ With a mechanical drive you can control the
thing like the choreography in a ballet and superimpose
various movements.. a great number, even, by means
of cams and other mechanical devices.
+ The underlying sense of form in my work has
been the system of the Universe, or part thereof.