Calder Foundation

African Head

Date c. 1928
15 1⁄2" × 5 1⁄2" × 8"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Gift of Charles Oppenheim, Jr., 1966 (no. 66.75.1)
Works / Carved Figure 26
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1926–1930 Wire Sculpture and the Circus

Soon after moving to Paris in 1926, Calder created his Cirque Calder. Made of wire and a spectrum of found materials, the Cirque was a work of performance art that gained Calder an introduction to the Parisian avant-garde. He continued to explore his invention of wire sculpture, whereby he “drew” with wire in three dimensions the portraits of friends, animals, circus themes, and personalities of the day.