Calder Foundation

Baby rattle

Date c. 1935
Media
Silver sheet metal and wire
Dimensions
10" × 7 1⁄2" × 1 5⁄16"
Collection
Calder Foundation, New York
Related exhibitions  2
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2017)

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Calder: Hypermobility. 9 June–23 October 2017.

Solo Exhibition
Hauser & Wirth, Somerset (2018)

Hauser & Wirth, Somerset, England. Calder: From the Stony River to the Sky. 26 May 2018–9 September 2018.

Solo Exhibition
Works / Household Object 55
Related Timeline
1930–1936 Shift to Abstraction

Following a visit in October of 1930 to Piet Mondrian’s studio, where he was impressed by the environmental installation, Calder made his first wholly abstract compositions and invented the kinetic sculpture now known as the mobile. Coined for these works by Marcel Duchamp in 1931, the word “mobile” refers to both “motion” and “motive” in French. He also created stationary abstract works that Jean Arp dubbed “stabiles.”