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A scholarly publication reveals new research shedding light on Alexander Calder's multidisciplinary genius
Alexander Calder (1898-1976), Molluscs, 1955, oil on canvas. Calder Foundation, New York. © 2018 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOCAN, Montreal. Photo courtesy Calder Foundation, New York / Art Resource, New York.

MONTREAL.- The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, in collaboration with 5 Continents Editions, Milan, announce the publication of Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor, on the occasion of the presentation of the eponymous exhibition at the MMFA until February 24, 2019.

Edited and written by Elizabeth Hutton Turner, Guest Curator of the exhibition, and Anne Grace, Curator, Exhibitions, MMFA, this 240-page book examines the full scope of Alexander Calder’s career through the perspective of engineering, popular culture, physics, astronomy, photography, architecture, industry, politics and conservation.

This project was tremendously augmented by the scholarly contributions of W. Bernard Carlson, Linda Dalrymple Henderson, Claire Hurley, Pascal Jacob, Abigail Mack, Vanja V. Malloy, Eleonora Nagy, Claire Raymond, Emily Caplan Reed and Alex J. Taylor, whose recent research posits a new range of interdisciplinary sources at the origin of Calder’s inventions. The catalogue is fully illustrated, with 250 reproductions and archival images by Thérèse Bonney, Andreas Feininger and André Kertész.

Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor
Alexander Calder made sculpture move and forged a practice in dialogue with the world in motion and the motion in things. Calder’s probing mind, love of materials and penchant for invention equipped him to discard traditional artistic hierarchies and construct his own set of postulates for the behaviour of art, based on new scientific precepts of reality, to arrive at “a new possibility of beauty.”

The exhibition Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor was developed, organized and circulated by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with the Calder Foundation.

After Montreal, the exhibition will be presented at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne (April 5 to August 4, 2019)

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