Alexander CalderUntitled 1937

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Alexander Calder (1898‑1976)
Date 1937
Dimensionsobject: 2280 x 2030 x 2600 mm
Acquisition Accepted by HM Government in lieu of tax and allocated to Tate 2002
Not on display


As the title suggests, Standing Mobile uses a stable structure to support its extended mobile arms. The trio of angled legs are welded to the inside of the cone, from within the point of which the main curving upright springs. The upright is forged from the same grade of rod as the legs, but beaten-out to become finer as it rises and curves. One arm is suspended from this upright by a looped ‘S’ of metal, typical of Calder’s elegant forms. The red disc at the end of this first arm provides the counter-weight for the second arm, which balances organic green and yellow forms. With an elegance born out of the necessity to establish these balances, Calder used progressively thinner grades of rod for the legs and arms… (read more)

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