Alexander Calder was an artist who made sculptures, drawings, prints,
tapestries, jewelry and toys. His art was monumental and intimate at the
same time. He worked with shadows and painted airplanes. He collabor-
ated with Martha Graham and Jean Pouvé. He once made a circus that
fit in suitcase and another of his works, WTC Stabile stood in front of
7 World Trade Centre until it was destroyed on September 11, 2001.
In 1926, Calder moved to Paris and befriended Miro, Arp and Duchamp
who upon seeing Calder's work coined the term mobile. In 1929, he met
Louisa James, grandniece of Henry James, while traveling between New
York and Paris on a boat. They married a year later.
Intrigued by a kite flying festival in Ahmedabad, Calder and Louisa travel-
led to India in 1955 at the invitation of Kamalini, Guatam and Gira Sarabhai,
ardent supporters of the arts. While he was there he created nice sculptures
and some jewelry in a studio provided by his hosts. He also travelled to
Nepal and had two exhibitions in Bombay at the Bhulabhai Memorial
Institute and the Jehangir Art Gallery.
We dedicate our first post to Alexander Calder!