August 23, 2011

Upward mobility

Calder's Penn. photo by Jeffrey M. Vinocur

Art appreciation week continues with the birthday of sculptor Alexander Calder, born in Scotland in 1846.  He emigrated to the US when he was in his early twenties and is best remembered for his statue of William Penn, which crowns Philadelphia City Hall.

Or maybe he is best remembered for being the father of sculptor Alexander Stirling Calder, who also did much to adorn Philadelphia and who married portrait painter Nanette Lederer.

Nah – it’s his grandson Alexander Calder – Sandy, to his friends – who made the Calder name famous not only outside Philly but worldwide.  Some nice Calders to look at here.

Calder stabile, fittingly at the Scottish National Museum of Modern Art



  1. My husband,Yehuda Tarmu,(RIP), said,Art should be moving…It does not have to move.


    Comment by GALYA TARMU — August 24, 2011 @ 9:32 am | Reply

  2. Thanks for info: Calder a Scotsman and grandson ofsculptor, etc. He’s way cool. Did you ever see his circus at the Whitney (I think..?)


    Comment by Carol — August 24, 2011 @ 9:53 am | Reply

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