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Alexander Calder

Sculptor Alexander Calder

Profession: Sculptor

United States of America

Why Famous: A leading figure in the worlds of kinetic art, surrealism and abstraction, Calder invented the sculptures known as 'mobiles', where delicately balanced or suspended shapes move in response to touch or air currents.

Born: July 22, 1898
Birthplace: Lawnton, Pennsylvania, USA

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: November 11, 1976 (aged 78)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Historical Events

  • 1984-05-09 Alexander Calder's "Big Crinkly" sells for $852,000

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