From the famed artist, Alexander Calder, comes “Octopus”, an abstract sculpture that has resided in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden since 1964. Calder is known for his public sculptures and innovative mobiles. His work can be found in museums all over the world, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. His sculpture style can be described as purely abstract, inspired by his visit to Pierre Mondrian’s studio in 1930. This led him into developing kinetic sculptures, manipulated by cranks and motors, soon becoming his signature works.
His work is regarded by art historians as some of the first pieces of art that disregard art as static, but rather fluid. “Octopus” is an abstract take on the creature, made entirely of steel and paint. The sculpture exhibits something that appears to be moving rather than staying still. If you are an art history buff who is a fan of Calder’s work, this is one sculpture that is not to be missed.
Calder was best known for his innovative mobiles (kinetic sculptures powered by motors or air currents) that embrace chance in their aesthetic and his monumental public sculptures. His work first gained attention in Paris in the 1920s and was soon shown in the Museum of Modern Art in New Yor and later at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
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