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Maybe the fastest way to get to Calder’s work would be talking about gigantic scale of metal and wire Mobile hanging in JFK airport.  I’m sure we all have seen it. I believe it is the exactly same one used to be at NY Port Authority bus terminal.

Before all of his famous big scaled metal sculpture creations through 40′s, Calder was always an Amante for Circus. In 1923, Calder moved to NY and enrolled himself to Art Students League and got a job illustrating for National Police Gazette. The Job would send him to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus for two weeks for him to sketch circus scenes. This was in 1925. Since then, the circus became his life long interest and after moving to Paris in 1926, he created his Cirque Calder, a miniature complex and unique body of art. The assemblage included diminutive performers, animals, and props.  Calder used wire, leather, cloth and other found materials.

The Parisian Avant-garde would gather in Calder’s studio to watch the mini circus in operation.  We had bought this film, ” Calders Circus” by Roland films on art at Whitney Museum.  This film celebrates his ingeniously articulated tiny wire performers from the female dancer to the roaring lion.  And you can’t deny the intimate vibe of small production and Calder’s witty and wonderful personality lying under every character’s performances.

Calder’s masterfully calm and intricate details in every aspects of miniature circus really make me re think about today’s main stream of commercial art.  Desperately shocking but sadly empty.

Here I’m attaching 4 mt clip from You Tube.



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  1. GarykPatton on June 16, 2009 3:44 am

    Hello, can you please post some more information on this topic? I would like to read more.

  2. jaehee on June 28, 2009 7:42 pm

    Hi there,
    I didn’t catch your comment till now.
    Sure we can write more about it. Thanks for your interest. He’s an amzing artist!

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