Calder Foundation
Calder: Stabiles & Mobiles
23 February–13 March 1937Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York
Related documents  14
Selected works  18
Selected publications  8

“Stabiles and Mobiles.” Time, vol. 29, no. 9 (1 March 1937).


Frankel, Robert. “Calder: A Humorous and Inventive Artist.” Art News, vol. 35 (13 March 1937).


Genauer, Emily. “What’s New In Art: Calder Work Original, At Least.” New York World-Telegram, 27 February 1937.


McBride, Henry. “Two Extreme Modernists: Calder’s Gay Mobiles Suggest the War is Over; Tommy Says No.” New York Sun, 27 February 1937.


B., A.”Calder: Artist as Toymaker.” Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 28 February 1937.


McCausland, Elizabeth. “Stabiles and Mobiles by Alexander Calder.” Springfield Sunday Union and Republican, 28 February 1937.


Jewell, Edward Alden. “Fantasy Rears Its Head.” New York Times, 28 February 1937.


Vaughan, Malcolm. “Alexander Calder.” New York American, 6 March 1937.

Chronology  1
23 February–13 March 1937

Calder’s first large-scale bolted stabiles, Devil Fish and Big Bird, are on view in “Calder: Stabiles & Mobiles” at the Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York.

Exhibitions / 1937–1945: Public Commissions and the War 6

Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York. Calder: Stabiles & Mobiles. 23 February–13 March 1937.

George Walter Vincent Smith Gallery, Springfield, Massachusetts. Calder Mobiles. 8–27 November 1938.

Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York. Calder. 14 May–1 June 1940.

Willard Gallery, New York. Calder Jewelry. 3–25 December 1940.

Related Timeline
1937–1945 Public Commissions and the War

In 1937, Calder completed Devil Fish, his first stabile enlarged from a model. He received two important commissions: Mercury Fountain (1937) and Lobster Trap and Fish Tail (1939). His first retrospective was held in 1938 at the George Walter Vincent Smith Gallery in Springfield, Massachusetts, followed by another in 1943 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.