Quiz: Alexander Calder

  • 10 November 2015

Calder’s pioneering 3D performance sculptures won him a place on a US stamp and many accolades; how much do you know about this fascinating artist?

  • Alexander the Great

    'To an engineer, good enough means perfect. With an artist, there's no such thing as perfect.'  Alexander Calder had a remarkable talent for maths, engineering and 'drawing in space'.

    Test your knowledge of this innovative artist and take the quiz.

  • Question 1 of 6

    What did Calder study initially?

  • Question 2 of 6

    Which of the following jobs did Calder not do after his initial studies?

  • Question 3 of 6

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    Which city did Calder live in once he had decided to become an artist?

  • Question 4 of 6

    Which surrealist artist named Calder’s sculptures ‘mobiles’?

  • Question 5 of 6

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    Which philosopher wrote the accompanying essay for Calder’s 1946 show in Galerie Louis Carré in Paris?

  • Question 6 of 6

    Which year did Calder represent the United States at the Venice Biennale?

  • Dunce

    0/6

    You may as well put this attempt down Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain sculpture. Poor show.

    Dunce

    1/6

    You may as well put this attempt down Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain sculpture. Poor show.

    Dunce

    2/6

    You may as well put this attempt down Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain sculpture. Poor show.

    Dunce

    3/6

    You may as well put this attempt down Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain sculpture. Poor show.

    Art historian

    4/6

    Not bad. Maybe it's time to take an evening course to brush up though?

    Art historian

    5/6

    Not bad. Maybe it's time to take an evening course to brush up though?

    Professor

    6/6

    Move over Jean-Paul Sartre! We’re looking forward to your next essay on kinetic art.

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    1. 1.  What did Calder study initially?
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    2. Correct answer: Mechanical engineering
    3. 2.  Which of the following jobs did Calder not do after his initial studies?
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    4. Correct answer: Logger
    5. 3.  Which city did Calder live in once he had decided to become an artist?
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    6. Correct answer: New York City
    7. 4.  Which surrealist artist named Calder’s sculptures ‘mobiles’?
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    8. Correct answer: Marcel Duchamp
    9. 5.  Which philosopher wrote the accompanying essay for Calder’s 1946 show in Galerie Louis Carré in Paris?
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    10. Correct answer: Jean-Paul Sartre
    11. 6.  Which year did Calder represent the United States at the Venice Biennale?
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    12. Correct answer: 1952

    Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture is the first major UK retrospective of the sculptor's work and is at Tate Modern until 3 April 2016. 50% off with a National Art Pass.

 
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