Aug 17, 2021
Aug 17, 2021

White Loops and Red Spiral

White Loops and Red Spiral


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Alexander Calder

(American, 1898–1976)

Painted steel and aluminum

Overall: 77.5 cm (30 1/2 in.)

Gift of The Halle Bros. Co. 1961.195.b

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Highly prolific, Calder produced more than 16,000 works, an average of one a day for nearly 45 years.


Alexander Calder’s training as a mechanical engineer reinforced his lifelong interest in moving objects and inspired him to invent the mobile, a new type of sculpture that ranks among the most innovative discoveries in modern art. Calder's mobiles are often suspended from the ceiling, but here the mobile hangs on top of a black support structure. Both the spiral and irregular loops of the mobile are recurring forms in Calder's sculptural work.

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