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  • Issue 41

CULT ROOMS

Inside Alexander Calder’s studio, where chaos and kinetic art found a harmonious balance.
Words by Stephanie d’Arc Taylor. Photograph by Evans/Three Lions/Getty Images.

The work of Alexander Calder is kinetic, fluid, constantly in motion. He’s best known for his elegant mobiles (the term itself has its origins with Calder; Marcel Duchamp applied it to his work after visiting the sculptor’s studio). These are abstract, colorful shapes cut from sheet metal, which hang on wires and are perfectly counterbalanced with either more sheet metal or a weighted ball. His mobiles, as well as much of his jewelry, painting, and other work, are just-so abstractions—gossamer

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