Streetcar

A work made of sheet steel, brass, wire, and paint.
© 2018 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of sheet steel, brass, wire, and paint.

Date:

1951

Artist:

Alexander Calder
American, 1898–1976

About this artwork

A leading exponent of kinetic art, Alexander Calder revolutionized sculpture by creating suspended abstract forms that were named “mobiles” by the artist Marcel Duchamp. Describing them as “detached bodies floating in space,” Calder produced works that are perpetually in motion, through a system of weights and counterbalances, as they move in response to subtle air currents. Embracing the rhythms of modern life, Calder’s Streetcar transforms a noisy mode of urban transportation into a restrained, slowed composition of biomorphic shapes made from industrial materials.

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Contemporary Art

Artist

Alexander Calder

Title

Streetcar

Origin

United States

Date

1951

Medium

Sheet steel, brass, wire, and paint

Dimensions

106.7 × 294.6 cm (42 × 116 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Florene May Marx and Samuel A. Marx

Reference Number

1953.179

Copyright

© 2018 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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