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Sculpting a precarious balance into a lasting legacy: Alexander Calder was born today

July 22, On This Day A groundbreaking American sculptor known for his innovative ‘mobiles’ (kinetic sculptures powered by motors or air currents), his static ‘stabiles’, and his monumental public sculptures, Alexander Calder was born on July 22, 1898 in Pennsylvania, USA. (Interestingly, his birthdate is a bit of a source of confusion, as his mother...


Charles Sheeler: The Artist-Shutterbug Who Found Power In Modern Lines

July 16, On This Day Recognized as one of the early adopters of modernism in American art, Charles Sheeler was known for his Precisionist paintings and commercial photography. Born on July 16, 1883, a young Sheeler returned from a trip to Paris in 1909, inspired by the works of Cubist artists like Pablo Picasso and...


An icon of feminist art who ‘didn’t believe in labels’

April 17, On This Day Making monumental, monochromatic works Known for her monumental, monochromatic, wooden wall pieces and outdoor sculptures, American sculptor Louise Nevelson — who was born in September 1899 — passed away today 33 years ago, on April 17, 1988. She is hailed as one of the most important figures in 20th-century American...