Renowned art critic Jed Perl will discuss his recently published biography on Alexander Calder (1898-1976), one of the most beloved and widely admired artists of the twentieth century. Anybody who has ever set foot in a museum knows Calder as the inventor of the mobile, America’s unique contribution to modern art. But only now, forty years after the artist’s death, is the full story of his life being told in this biography, which is based on unprecedented access to Calder’s letters and papers as well as scores of interviews. Jed Perl shows us why Calder was—and remains—a barrier breaker, an avant-garde artist with mass appeal.
A wine, cheese and book-signing reception will follow the lecture.
Jed Perl is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books. He was the art critic for The New Republic for twenty years. His previous books include Magicians and Charlatans, Antoine’s Alphabet, and New Art City, which was a New York Times Notable Book and an Atlantic Book of the Year. He lives in New York City.