Calder Foundation

Calder's Circus Invitation (56th Street Galleries)

Date 1929
Linoleum cut with ink on paper
14 1⁄4" × 6 5⁄8"
Printed by the Artist
Edition size
Unnumbered and unsigned edition
Related exhibitions  1
Tate Modern, London (2015)

Tate Modern, London. Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture. 11 November 2015–3 April 2016.

Solo Exhibition
Related works  1
Works / Print 70
Related Timeline
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.