London is currently full of very interesting exhibitions. I have always been a fan of Calder’s work and so was delighted to catch this exhibition before it closed, at Tate Modern . We are so used to seeing mobiles in the twenty first century,but how amazing it must have been to see the first ones designed by American sculptor Alexander Calder.
He travelled to Paris in the 1920s, having originally trained as an engineer, and by 1931 he had invented the mobile, a term coined by Duchamp to describe Calder’s sculptures which moved of their own accord. Much of the beauty of the work is to do with the careful and delicate balance of the shapes and the spaces between and the shadows they make on the surrounding walls.