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Historical Photos 119
Installation photograph, Calder, New Gallery, Charles Hayden Memorial Library, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 1950
Photograph by Ezra Stoller
Installation photograph, Calder, New Gallery, Charles Hayden Memorial Library, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 1950
Photograph by Ezra Stoller
Calder in Roxbury (1952)
Calder, Roxbury, January 1952Photograph by Gordon Parks © The Gordon Parks Foundation, Pleasantville
Calder, Roxbury, January 1952
Photograph by Gordon Parks
Snow Flurry I (1952)
Calder with Snow Flurry I (1948), Roxbury, 1952Photograph by Gordon Parks © The Gordon Parks Foundation, Pleasantville
Calder with Snow Flurry I (1948), Roxbury, 1952
Photograph by Gordon Parks
Crown of leaves (c. 1940), Roxbury studio (1952)
Crown of leaves (c. 1940), Roxbury studio, 1952Photograph by Gordon Parks © The Gordon Parks Foundation, Pleasantville
Crown of leaves (c. 1940), Roxbury studio, 1952
Photograph by Gordon Parks
Calder and Louisa Calder with daughter Mary in the Roxbury house kitchen (1952)
Calder and Louisa Calder with daughter Mary, Roxbury house kitchen, 1952Photograph by Gordon Parks © The Gordon Parks Foundation, Pleasantville
Calder and Louisa Calder with daughter Mary, Roxbury house kitchen, 1952
Photograph by Gordon Parks
Calder, Roxbury studio (1952)
Calder, Roxbury studio, 1952Photograph by Gordon Parks © The Gordon Parks Foundation, Pleasantville
Calder, Roxbury studio, 1952
Photograph by Gordon Parks
Peggy Guggenheim with her Silver Bed Head (1943) (1952)
Peggy Guggenheim with her Silver Bed Head (1943), c. 1952Photograph © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Photo Archivio Cameraphotoepoche.
Peggy Guggenheim with her Silver Bed Head (1943), c. 1952
Installation photograph, Alexander Calder: Gongs and Towers, Curt Valentin Gallery, New York, 1952
Photograph by Adolph Studly
Set for Nucléa (1952)
Set for Nucléa, 1952Photograph by Agnès Varda © Agnès Varda
Set for Nucléa, 1952
Photograph by Agnès Varda
Calder, Andrée Vilar, Gérard Philipe, Léon Gischia, Henri Pichette, and Jean Vilar, among others, at an event surrounding the production of Nucléa, Paris, 1952
Photograph by Agnès Varda
Calder placing a necklace on Jeanne Moreau during the production of Nucléa, Théâtre National Populaire, Paris, 1952
Photograph by Agnès Varda
Gérard Philipe, Calder, and Jean Vilar during the production of Nucléa, Théâtre National Populaire, Paris, 1952
Photograph by Agnès Varda
Calder in Agnès Varda’s courtyard (1952)
Calder in Agnès Varda's courtyard, Paris, 1952Photograph by Agnès Varda © Agnès Varda
Calder in Agnès Varda’s courtyard, Paris, 1952
Photograph by Agnès Varda

Chronology 111
28 June 1952

Calder accepts the commission from Carlos Raúl Villanueva, whom he met through Sert in 1951, to design an acoustic ceiling for Aula Magna, the auditorium of the Universidad Central de Venezuela. He collaborates with the engineering firm Bolt, Beranek, and Newman,

Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Calder 1966, 240; CF, Calder to Villanueva, 28 June
Acoustic Ceiling (1954)
Acoustic Ceiling, Aula Magna, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas, 1954Photograph by Paolo Gasparini
Acoustic Ceiling, Aula Magna, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas, 1954Photograph by Paolo Gasparini
18 July–28 August 1952

Moderne Galerie Otto Stangl, Munich, presents “Alexander Calder / Joan Miró.” The exhibition originated from Calder’s solo show at Galerie Parnass, Wuppertal.

CF, exhibition file
Calder Mobile (1952)
Cover of catalogue for Calder Mobile, Galerie Parnass, Wuppertal, Germany, 1952, showing Rouge, Orange et Bleu (c. 1949)
Cover of catalogue for Calder Mobile, Galerie Parnass, Wuppertal, Germany, 1952, showing Rouge, Orange et Bleu (c. 1949)
5–6 September 1952

Calder performs Cirque Calder in Roxbury.

CF, Calder to Rockefeller; CF, Osborn to Calder, 8 September
Mid-September 1952

Calder arrives in Bonn on 10 September with an invitation from the German State Department to tour West Germany. After two days he travels to Munich, where he meets Bruno Werner, a journalist who reviewed his first Berlin exhibition in 1929. He continues on to Mannheim and

Darmstadt.

CF, passport and German identification card; Calder 1966, 211–12
23–29 September 1952

Calder stays in Berlin.

Calder 1966, 211–12
After 29 September 1952

Calder travels to Hamburg, where he meets the dealer Rudolf Hoffmann. He then goes on to Hanover, Bremen, and Cologne before returning to Bonn.

Calder 1966, 211–12
9–10 October 1952

Calder flies from Bonn to New York.

CF, passport
Fall 1952

Daughter Sandra goes to live in Paris.

CF, Sandra to parents, before 18 October
18 November–9 December 1952

Galerie la Hune, Paris, exhibits “Permanence du Cirque.” The exhibition commemorates the publication of a book by the same title, which includes an essay by Calder, “Voici une petite histoire de mon cirque.”

CF, exhibition file
Winter 1952

Calder presents Cirque Calder in Washington, D.C.; Jean invites “what seemed half of Washington, D.C., to see it.”

Calder 1966, 213
Before 26 December 1952

At the suggestion of John Cage, American composer Earle Brown travels to Roxbury to meet Calder. Pierre Boulez joins him.

CF, project file

Bibliography 190

1950

Works of Calder (1950). Produced by New World Film Productions for the Museum of Modern Art, New York. 16mm, color, sound (English); 20 min. Directed and cinematography by Herbert Matter; produced and narrated by Burgess Meredith; music by John Cage.

Film

“‘Isms’ of Sculpture: Traditions and Affinities.” The Observer (c. 1950s).

Magazine

Wilde, Oscar. “Art and Nature.” Trans/formation: Arts Communication Environment, vol. 1, no. 1 (1950).

Magazine

Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan. Modern Sculpture: A Picture Book of Modern Sculpture in the Detroit Institute of Arts. 1950.

Collection Publication

“Lo studio di Hans Erni.” Domus, no. 245 (April 1950).

Magazine

Clapp, Talcott. “Calder.” Art d’Aujourd’hui, nos. 10–11 (May–June 1950).

Magazine

Degand, Léon. “Notes sur Calder.” Art d’Aujourd’hui, nos. 10–11 (May–June 1950).

Magazine

Goudy, Alice M. “Four Collectors in Philadelphia.” Art News (Summer 1950).

Magazine

“Artists’ Angel.” Look (20 June 1950).

Magazine

Galerie Maeght, Paris. Calder: Mobiles & Stabiles. Exhibition catalogue. 1950. Derrière le Miroir, no. 31 (July 1950). Texts by James Johnson Sweeney, Henri Laugier, Henri Hoppenot, and Fernand Léger.

Magazine, Solo Exhibition Catalogue

Lucas, Hans (pseudonym of Jean-Luc Godard). “Works of Calder et L’Histoire d’Agnes.” Gazette du Cinema (September 1950).

Magazine

“Glass is Beautiful, Glass is Useful.” Flair, vol. 1, no. 9 (October 1950).

Magazine

Sandberg, G. “Reflexions diparates sur l’organisation d’un museé d’art d’aujourd’hui.” Art d’Aujourd’hui, vol. 2, no. 1 (October 1950).

Magazine

Haber, Abraham. “Pintura y Percepción.” Perceptismo (October 1950).

Magazine

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Alexander Calder. Exhibition catalogue. 1950.

Solo Exhibition Catalogue

Adlow, Dorothy. Christian Science Monitor, 10 October 1950.

Newspaper

“Reviews and Previews.” Art News, vol. XLIX, no. 7, part 1 (November 1950).

Magazine

“Half Century’s Best.” (Publication unknown), 12 November 1950.

Newspaper

Galerie Blanche, Stockholm. Alexander Calder: Mobiles and Stabiles. Exhibition catalogue. 1950. Introduction by Eric Grate.

Solo Exhibition Catalogue

“College Receives Unusual Gift.” Kenyon Alumni Bulletin (Winter 1950–51).

Magazine

Buchholz Gallery, New York. The Heritage of Auguste Rodin, An Exhibition Assembled in Honor of the Diamond Jubilee of The Philadelphia Museum of Art. Exhibition catalogue. 1950.

Group Exhibition Catalogue

Dame, Lawrence. “Regarding Art.” Sunday Herald, 17 December 1950.

Newspaper

Adlow, Dorothy. “Calder Mobiles Shown in Cambridge.” Christian Science Monitor, 27 December 1950.

Newspaper

1951

Calder, Alexander. “What Abstract Art Means to Me: Statements by Six American Artists.” The Museum of Modern Art Bulletin, vol. 18, no. 3 (Spring 1951).

Magazine

Sweeney, James Johnson. Alexander Calder. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1951.

Monograph

The Lefevre Gallery, London. Mobiles and Stabiles by Alexander Calder. Exhibition catalogue. 1951. Foreword by James Johnson Sweeney.

Solo Exhibition Catalogue

Schiller, Ronald. “Calder.” Portfolio, 1951.

Magazine

Driscoll, Edgar J. “Calder’s Show of Mobiles Has Animated Sculpture.” Sunday Globe, January 1951.

Newspaper

“Gala pa Galleri.” Vecko-Journalen, no. 1 (4 January 1951).

Magazine

“Connecticut Yankee.” Time, vol. 57, no. 2 (8 January 1951).

Magazine

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Surréalisme + Abstraction / Surrealisme + Abstractie. Exhibition catalogue. 1951.

Group Exhibition Catalogue

The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Abstract Painting and Sculpture in America. Exhibition catalogue. 1951. Text by Andrew Carnduff Ritchie.

Group Exhibition Catalogue

Sylvester, David. “Mobiles and Stabiles by Alexander Calder.” Art News and Review, vol. 2, no. 26 (27 January 1951).

Magazine

Yerxa, Fendall. “Photography: 16-mm Flight of Fancy: Movie Camera Looks at Calder Mobiles.” (Publication unknown), 28 January 1951.

Newspaper

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The 75th Anniversary Exhibition of Painting & Sculpture by 75 Artists Associated with the Art Students League of New York. Exhibition catalogue. 1951.

Group Exhibition Catalogue

Middleton, Michael. “Toys for Highbrows.” Picture Post, vol. 50, no. 5 (3 February 1951).

Magazine

Haggquist, Arne. “Stockholm.” Arts (2 March 1951).

Magazine

Cunliffe, Mitzi. “Mobiles by Calder.” Building, vol. 26, no. 5 (May 1951).

Magazine

Neue Galerie, Vienna. Alexander Calder. Exhibition catalogue. 1951. Foreword by Fernand Léger.

Solo Exhibition Catalogue

“Art in the Abstract.” Americas (July 1951).

Magazine

Alfons, Sven. “Exkurser Kring Calder.” Konstrevy, vol. 27, no. 1 (September–October 1951).

Magazine

Grafly, Dorothy. “Alexander Calder: Creator of Moving Forms in Space.” American Artist, vol. 15, no. 8 (October 1951).

Magazine

Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. Calder–Miró. Exhibition catalogue. 1951. Text by Mary Gershinowitz.

Group Exhibition Catalogue

“Trois chefs-d’oeuvre de Franz Hals ont enrichi le musee de Sao-Paulo.” Arts (19 October 1951).

Magazine

Museo de Arte Moderna, São Paulo, Brazil. I Bienal do Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo. Exhibition catalogue. 1951.

Group Exhibition Catalogue

“La Biennale de Sao-Paulo.” Opera (14 & 20 November 1951).

Magazine

Lassaigne, Jacques. “Affirmation de l’art americain; la sculpture. langage commun.” Arts (23 November 1951).

Magazine

Degand, Léon. “Klar Form.” Art d’Aujourd’hui, vol. 3, no. 1 (December 1951).

Magazine

1952

G. F. “Alexander Calder, lo scultore del filo di ferro.” La Nuova Sardesna Sassari, 2 July 1952.

Newspaper

Lombard, Suzanne. “Alexander Calder.” Le Soir, 8 July 1952.

Newspaper

Moderne Galerie Otto Stangl, Munich. Alexander Calder / Joan Miró. Exhibition catalogue. 1952.

Group Exhibition Catalogue

Mellquist, Jerome. “Venice Biennale, 1952: Seeing a United Nations of Art.” Art Digest, vol. 26, no. 19 (August 1952).

Magazine

Newton, Eric. “A Critic Wiretaps Alexander Calder.” New York Times Magazine (10 August 1952).

Magazine

Seiberling, Dorothy. “Calder, his Gyrating ‘Mobile’ Art Wins International Fame and Prizes.” Life, vol. 33, no. 8 (25 August 1952).

Magazine

“Venice: This Year’s Biennale.” Art News, vol. 51, no. 5 (September 1952).

Magazine

“Optische Aeolsharfe: ‘Calder-Mobiles’–Abstraktes Spielzeug.” Stuttgarter Nachrichten, 27 September 1952.

Newspaper

Philadelphia Museum of Art and Fairmount Park Art Association. Sculpture of the Twentieth Century. Exhibition catalogue. 1952.

Group Exhibition Catalogue

Brest, Jorge Romero. “La XXVI Bienal de Venecia.” Ver y Estimar, vol. 8, nos. 29–30 (November 1952).

Magazine

Vietta, Egon. “Calder, der Ariel der eisernen Zivilisation.” Frankfurter Allgemeine, 13 November 1952.

Newspaper

Remszhardt, Godo. “Alexander Calder: Vitalität und Esprit.” Frankfurter Rundschau, 23 November 1952.

Newspaper

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven. In Memory of Katherine S. Dreier 1877–1952: Her Own Collection of Modern Art. Exhibition catalogue. 1952.

Group Exhibition Catalogue

Calder, Alexander. “Alexander Calder.” In Témoignages pour l’art abstrait 1952, edited by Julien Alvard and Roger Van Gindertael. Paris: Editions Art d’Aujourd’hui, 1952.

General Reference

Calder, Alexander. “Voici une petite histoire de mon cirque.” In Permanence du Cirque. Exhibition Catalogue. Paris: Revue Neuf, 1952.

General Reference

“Gongs and Towers.” Art News, vol. 50, no. 9 (January 1952).

Magazine

Cassou, Jean. “Les Espaces.” XXe siècle. no. 2 (January 1952).

Magazine

Mendel, Hortense, and Robert L. Leslie.Young Faces: An Illustration Album of Type Faces for Children’s Books (1952).

Magazine

Konsthallen, Helsinki. Klar Form. Exhibition catalogue. 1952.

Group Exhibition Catalogue

Curt Valentin Gallery, New York. Alexander Calder: Gongs and Towers. Exhibition catalogue. 1952. Reprinted texts by James Johnson Sweeney and Fernand Léger.

Solo Exhibition Catalogue

Preston, Stuart. “Chiefly Abstract.” New York Times, 20 January 1952.

Newspaper

Fitzsimmons, James. “Master Toymaker.” Art Digest, vol. 26, no. 9 (1 February 1952).

Magazine

“Airborne Abstracts.” Hollywood Home News (February 1952).

Magazine

“New Mobiles at the Curt Valentin Gallery.” Interiors, vol. 111 (March 1952).

Magazine

The Museum of Modern Art: Painting and Sculpture Acquisitions, July 1, 1950–June 30, 1951, vol. 14 (Spring 1952).

Magazine

Shaprio, Karl. “Homage to Calder.” New Yorker, vol. 28, no. 6 (29 March 1952).

Magazine

Gómez Sicre, José. “Master of Space and Time.” Américas, vol. 4, no. 4 (April 1952).

Magazine

Hebbeln, Henry. “Nine Hillside Houses: Sand Point. Long Island.” The Magazine of Building: House & Home (April 1952).

Magazine

Peju, Marcel. “Alexander Calder, Sculpteur du Mouvement Met Ses Atomes Crochus au Service du Théâtre ‘Nucléaire.’” Samedi-Soir, no. 355, 19 April 1952.

Newspaper

“Ces fils de fer sont le 1er décor atomique.” Paris-Presse L’Intransigeant, 21 April 1952.

Newspaper

Mannoni, Eugene. “Joujoux Pour Adultes les ‘Mobiles’ de Calder Tournaient Doucement . . .” Combat, 9 May 1952.

Newspaper

Courthion, Pierre. “Calder et la poésie de l’espace.” XXe siècle, no. 3 (June 1952).

Magazine

Mellquist, Jerome. “Alexander Calder et Hans Fischer: hommes d’un langage nouveau.” Les Arts Plastiques (Brussels), vol. 5, no. 6 (June 1952).

Magazine

Galerie Parnass, Wuppertal, Germany. Calder Mobile. Exhibition catalogue. 1952.

Solo Exhibition Catalogue

Saurel, Renee. “Le Theatre.” Messieurs (June 1952).

Magazine

“Mobiles et mouvantes, les robes des demi-collections.” Elle, no. 341 (9 June 1952).

Magazine

Venice. XXVI Biennale di Venezia. Exhibition catalogue. 1952. Introduction by Rodolfo Pallucchini; texts by Christian Zervos and James Johnson Sweeney (excerpt from MoMA 1943).

Group Exhibition Catalogue

“U.S. Sculptor Honored.” New York Times, 16 June 1952.

Newspaper

Ott, Günther. “Schwebende Drahtplastiken.” Rundschau (Cologne), no. 138, 19 June 1952.

Newspaper

Oswald, Marianne. “Ce n’était pas avec du Chatterton.” Combat, 20 June 1952.

Newspaper

Falzoni, Giordano. “A Calder il Primo Premio.” Arti Visive, July–August 1952.

Newspaper

“La XXVI Biennale di Venezia.” Sele Arte (July–August 1952).

Magazine