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Spinal Column

Alexander Calder (AKA Sandy Calder), American, (July 22, 1898–November 11, 1976)

Creation date: 1968
Creation place: United States

Other Information

Type: Iron Sculpture
Medium and Support: Iron
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. Norton S. Walbridge
Accession Number: 1969.2
State/Province: Connecticut
Dimensions: 118 in. x 100 in. x 90 in. (299.72 cm x 254 cm x 228.6 cm)
Currently on view

Provenance

Perls Gallery, New York, New York ( - 1969)

Alexander Calder, New York, New York (1968 - )

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (1969 - )

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Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego
May S. Marcy Sculpture Court and Garden brochure c. 1975
From a family of distinguished artists, Calder has become America's most celebrated sculptor. He invented the stabile and the more familiar mobile, perhaps the most unique contribution to 20th century art. These are abstract forms, the latter using gentle air curents as an integral element in the art form. Stabiles imply the motion of the mobile by means of undulating contour lines and silhouettes. Thery are usually of sheet metal and painted black or a primary color. In size, the artist's work srange from intimate pieces to large public works.

San Diego Museum of Art
May S. Marcy Sculpture Court and Garden brochure c. 1978
From a family of distinguished artists, Calder has become America's most celebrated sculptor. He invented the stabile and the more familiar mobile, perhaps the most unique contribution to 20th century art. These are abstract forms, the latter using gentle air curents as an integral element in the art form. Stabiles imply the motion of the mobile by means of undulating contour lines and silhouettes. Thery are usually of sheet metal and painted black or a primary color. In size, the artist's work srange from intimate pieces to large public works.

Alexander Calder’s works—both his kinetic mobiles and his large painted iron stabiles—transformed entirely the nature of public sculpture in the United States. While inspired by the early experiments in purely abstract art that Calder witnessed during his early visits to Europe, Calder’s stabiles often play with references to forms from the natural world. Spinal Column, for example, is at first glance a series of non-representational curves slicing through space, but on further examination seems a fanciful play on the vertebrae of the human backbone. Commissioned for the Museum of Art in 1968, Spinal Column long stood with other large scale twentieth-century works in the Museum’s sculpture garden but has recently been reinstalled on the front steps of the Museum
Last Updated: 1/28/2016

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego: May S. Marcy Sculpture Court and Garden , 1/1/1975 - 00/00/00

San Diego Museum of Art: May S. Marcy Sculpture Court and Garden , 1/1/1978 - 00/00/00

The Walbridge Legacy The San Diego Museum of Art , 4/9/1988 - 5/29/1988

Exhibition , 11/1/2006 - 11/1/2008

May S. Marcy Sculpture Court & Garden , 8/2/2012 - 00/00/00

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Ms. Mary Stofflet. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 179, 217, Figure Number: 217

The Walbridge Legacy San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1988
Page Number: 59

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