Mobile (Motorized Mobile)

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American Abstraction (Mid-Century)
Accession Number
[Private Collection]
William N. Copley, New York
Harold Diamond, New York, to 4 June 1964
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 4 June 1964-17 May 1966
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
Exhibition History
GALERIE VIGNON, Paris. "Alexander Calder," 1932.
SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, New York. "Alexander Calder: A Retrospective Exhibition," 5 November 1964-31 January 1965, no. 127.
MUSEE NATIONAL D'ART MODERNE, Paris. "Calder," July-October 1965, no. 35.
M. KNOEDLER, New York. "Space and Dream," 5-29 December 1967, ill. p. 34.
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York. "The Machine As Seen at the End of the Mechanical Age," 25 November 1968-9 February 1969, p. 149, ill.
WADSWORTH ATHENEUM, Hartford, Connecticut. "Calder in Connecticut," 27 April-6 August 2000.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Ways of Seeing: John Baldessari Explores the Collection," 26 July 2006-23 September 2007, no cat.
WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, New York. "Alexander Calder: The Paris Years," 16 October 2008-15 February 2009.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Over, Under, Next: Experiments in Mixed Media, 1913-Present," 18 April-8 September 2013, no cat.
KUNSTSAMMLUNG NORDRHEIN-WESTFALEN, Dusseldorf. “Alexander Calder: The Avant-Garde in Motion,” 7 September 2013-26 January 2014.
Published References
ARNASON, H. H. Calder (New Jersey: Princeton Press, 1966), p. 42.
CALDER, ALEXANDER. Calder: An Autobiography with Pictures (New York: Pantheon Books, 1966), pp. 126-127.
GOLDWATER, ROBERT. Space and Dream (New York: Walker Press, 1967), ill. p. 34.
BRETT, GUY. Kinetic Art (New York: Reinhold Books, 1968), p. 20, ill.
SELZ, PETER. Art in Our Times: A Pictorial History 1890-1980 (New York: Abrams, 1981), no. 784, ill. p. 299.
UNSIGNED. Calder: Mostra Retrospettiva (Alexander Calder Retrospective), (Torino: Palazzo a Vela, 25 June-25 September, 1983), ill. p. 27 (in cat., not in exhibition)
LIEBMANN, LISA. "Sun Rising in Calder," Artforum 25 (November 1986), ill. p. 122.
MARTER, JOAN M. Alexander Calder (Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1991), ill. p. 116.
Credit Line
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
Alexander Calder, American, b. Lawnton, Pennsylvania, 1898–1976
Wood, paint, wire, sheet metal, and string (original motor lost; replaced by hand-crank)
23 1/4 × 24 3/4 × 7 1/4 in. (59.1 × 62.9 × 18.4 cm)
Data Source
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden