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Mr. and Mrs. Kloman, residence at 751 3rd Ave., New York City. Calder mobile.
An Alexander Calder mobile

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Alexander Calder Was Born
July 22, 1899

What did painter and sculptor Alexander Calder mean when he said "I think best in wire?" Born on July 22, 1898, in Lawnton, Pennsylvania, Calder revolutionized sculpture with his unique wire structures and mobiles--objects hanging from wires in midair. Before Calder, no one had created this type of art. The child of a well-known painter and sculptor, he started his career as a mechanical engineer and worked in that field for several years. In 1923, he began taking drawing lessons and eventually became a commercial artist covering prize fights and the circus for the National Police Gazette. In 1926 he moved to Paris, and in the winter of 1931-32, Calder made his first mobile.
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