Red Frame Construction

Alexander Calder, American, 1898 - 1976

Made in United States, North and Central America


Painted metal, wood, wire

35 x 30 1/4 x 26 1/2 inches (88.9 x 76.8 x 67.3 cm)

© Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Curatorial Department:
Modern Art

* Gallery 119, American Art, first floor

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
A. E. Gallatin Collection, 1946

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This 1932 composition of disks and globes suspended in a red frame represents a format more geometric than Calder’s kinetic mobiles, which he introduced in a Paris exhibition earlier the same year. Calder made Construction after returning from a trip to Barcelona, where he may have seen examples of flat wall reliefs by his friend Joan Miró, the Spanish Surrealist.

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