The concluding volume of the first authorized biography of one of the most important, influential, and beloved of twentieth-century sculptors, and one of the greatest artists in the cultural history of America--a vividly written, illuminating account of his triumphant later years.
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 and a contributing editor to Vogue for a decade, and is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. 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.
"The noted art critic concludes his stately, authoritative
biography with this look at the sculptor's career triumphs and
legacy."--The New York Times
"It takes a big-hearted, ambitious biographer to take on the life of a big-hearted, ambitious artist. Alexander Calder has found a perfect match in Jed Perl."--The Washington Post
"A passionate, erudite, and scrupulously researched reckoning
with one of the 20th century's most exciting artists."--The
Atlantic "A well-researched and engaging narrative rich in
anecdotes . . . By the end of Mr. Perl's second volume, we are left
in no doubt as to the depth and durability of Calder's
career."--The Wall Street Journal "Perl's narrative makes
Calder come alive . . . Unlike the other major artists of the 20th
century, Calder has never had a comprehensive biography that set
his life and work in context. Thanks to Jed Perl's magisterial
work, now he does."--The Christian Science Monitor "The
monumental conclusion to a two-part biography of Alexander Calder .
. . In this masterfully researched work, Perl has constructed an
impressive monument that should raise the standards for future art
biographies . . . Erudite and accessible . . . Exquisite . . . A
towering achievement."--Kirkus Reviews (starred) "Perl
completes his magisterial biography of sculptor Alexander Calder
with this lavishly illustrated volume . . . Calder admirers will
delight in this exhaustively researched and illuminating