Calder Foundation

The Spider and the Fly

Date c. 1938
Brass wire and string
21 3⁄4" × 16 3⁄4" × 8 1⁄4"
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford; Bequest of Eleanor H. Bunce, 1999
Historical Photos  1
Related exhibitions  1
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 / Standing Mobile 266
Related Timeline
1937–1945 Public Commissions and the War

In 1937, Calder completed Devil Fish, his first stabile enlarged from a model. He received two important commissions: Mercury Fountain (1937) and Lobster Trap and Fish Tail (1939). His first retrospective was held in 1938 at the George Walter Vincent Smith Gallery in Springfield, Massachusetts, followed by another in 1943 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.