Calder Foundation

Valentine for Mary

Date 1952
Media
Aluminum, wire, and paint
Dimensions
12 1⁄2" × 19 1⁄2"
Collection
Calder Foundation, New York; Mary Calder Rower Bequest, 2011
Works / Hanging Mobile 159
Related Timeline
1946–1952 International Distinction

Calder had a major show in 1946 at Galerie Louis Carré in Paris for which Jean-Paul Sartre wrote a seminal essay. He designed sets and costumes for a number of theatrical performances and designed a huge acoustic ceiling for the Aula Magna auditorium at Universidad Central de Venezuela. In 1952, Calder represented the United States at the Venice Biennale, winning the grand prize for sculpture.