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  • Published: 14 April 2020
  • ISBN: 9780451494115
  • Imprint: Knopf US
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 688
  • RRP: $110.00

Calder

The Conquest of Space



The concluding volume of the first authorized biography of one of the most important, influential, and beloved of twentieth-century sculptors, and one of the greatest artists in the cultural history of America--a vividly written, illuminating account of his triumphant later years.

The final volume of this magnificent biography begins during World War II, when Calder--known to all as Sandy--and his wife, Louisa, opened their home to the stream of artists and writers in exile from Europe. In the postwar decades, they divided their time between the United States and France, as Sandy made his first monumental public sculptures and received blockbuster commissions that included Expo '67 in Montreal and the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Jed Perl makes clear how Sandy's radical sculptural imagination shaped the minimalist and kinetic art movements that emerged in the 1960s. And we see, as well, that through everything--their ever-expanding friendships with artists and writers of all stripes; working to end the war in Vietnam; hosting riotous dance parties at their Connecticut home; seeing "mobile," Sandy's essential artistic invention, find its way into Webster's dictionary--Sandy and Louisa remained the risk-taking, singularly bohemian couple they had been since first meeting at the end of the Roaring Twenties. The biography ends with Sandy's death in 1976 at the age of seventy-eight--only weeks after an encyclopedic retrospective of his work opened at the Whitney Museum in New York--but leaves us with a new, clearer understanding of his legacy, both as an artist and a man.

  • Published: 14 April 2020
  • ISBN: 9780451494115
  • Imprint: Knopf US
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 688
  • RRP: $110.00

About the author

Jed Perl

Jed Perl was born in New York City in 1951. He received a BA from Columbia College and studied painting at the Skowhegan School in Maine.
He was a contributing editor to Vogue in the 1980s and has been the art critic for The New Republic since 1994. Among his books are PARIS WITHOUT AN END: ON FRENCH ART SINCE WORLD WAR I and EYEWITNESS: REPORTS FROM AN ART WORLD IN CRISIS. He lives in New York City with his wife, the painter Deborah Rosenthal.

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