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By Robert Harrison


Alexander Calder

Born: 1898 / Died: 1976

"Calder changed the nature of sculpture. He redefined what sculpture was, could possibly be and now is." Arne Glimcher, Pace Wildenstein Gallery

American artist Alexander Calder was born into art. His father and grandfather were famous sculptors who worked in the traditional beaux-arts style. Art was part of everyday life for Calder, who had his own studio/workshop from a young age. He was fascinated with mechanical devices throughout his childhood. There were no restrictions or limitations placed upon him by his parents and he was encouraged to be inventive and innovative.

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