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A Universe

Alexander Calder

A Universe

Alexander Calder
  • Date: 1934
  • Style: Kinetic Art
  • Period: SHIFT TO ABSTRACTION: 1930–1936
  • Theme: Standing Mobile
  • Genre: sculpture, mobile

In the early 1930s Calder's desire to create abstract paintings that moved through space led to motorized works such as A Universe, in which the two spherical shapes traveled at different rates during a 40-minute cycle. Interested in astronomy, he compared his works' discrete moving parts to the solar system. These works were an important step towards his non-motorized mobiles, as well as forerunners to his Constellation series of the 1940s.

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