Calder Foundation

Woman belt buckle

Date c. 1935
Media
Brass wire
Dimensions
8 5⁄8" × 4 3⁄16" × 1 5⁄8"
Collection
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Gift of Mrs. Marcel Duchamp in memory of the Artist (no. 77.21a-b)
Related exhibitions  2
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1976)

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Calder’s Universe. 14 October 1976–6 February 1977.

Solo Exhibition
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2019)

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor. 5 April–4 August 2019. Originated from Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Solo Exhibition
Works / Jewelry 112
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.”