Friday, October 17, 2008

Alexander Calder

Continuing my search for artists with science or math training, while reading about the Whitney Museum of America Art exhibit "Alexander Calder: The Paris Years, 1926-1933", I discovered that Calder trained as an engineer. Previously, I identified Jess Collins, Jo Baer, Portland artists Julian Voss-Andreae and Stephan Soihl, and the artist and entomologist, Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717). Calder went to the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey, and worked for a short time as a hydraulics engineer and a draughtsman for the New York Edison Company.

Surely the other end of the art spectrum from an exhibit at the Whitney would be a gallery show that accepts all entrants and charges a fee. For the time being, I'll have to be content with the later — Snap to Grid 2008, at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art includes one of my "Canopy" prints.

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