Tuesday, November 13, 2012


For everyone who has ever made a small memory sketch of an artwork in a gallery, or tried to show someone what they are talking about with only a pen or pencil to help, this c.1942 letter from Alexander Calder to the art historian Agnes Clafin. In it Calder depicts eight of his sculptures (one notated “rather hard to balance”) that he was keen for her to see in his New York apartment. At the time Clafin was probably preparing her narration for Alexander Calder: Sculpture and Constructions, one of the first ever art museum multi-media shows. It was shown as part of Calder’s 1943 survey exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art.
Source: via the wonderful Archivesof American Art