Alexander Calder: From the Stony River to the Sky

Alexander Calder: From the Stony River to the Sky


Alexander Calder transformed the very nature of sculpture by introducing the fourth dimension and the actuality of real-time experience into his work. Published in 2018 in conjunction with the eponymous exhibition at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, this book aimed to capture the spirit of Calder’s work but also reflect the exhibition, which featured both indoor and outdoor sculptures and paintings. 

The front cover reinterprets Calder’s mobile, with a simple shape die-cut into a rough, softly textured pre-died board. The colour palette is taken directly from Calder’s works in the exhibition. Working with an unexpected binding of a double Swiss-bound brochure, the cover contains two distinct, yet connected, books, drawing inspiration directly from Calder’s play with space and colour. To reflect Calder’s suspended forms that continually shift with time, the text layout shifts to accommodate images with a changing middle line. Read more about this project on Ursula, Hauser & Wirth’s digital art magazine.

Publisher: Hauser & Wirth
Contributors: Susan Brauer Dam, Jessica Holmes