Matter took photographs of artworks by many Modernists, including Alexander Calder and Marcel Duchamp. Calder commissioned these photographs of his mobile sculptures in 1936. They quickly became indispensable to the artist, who valued the way they documented the optical effect of the mobile’s movement. This was a concept of considerable significance to Calder, who noted: “A mobile in motion leaves an invisible wake behind it, or rather, each element leaves an individual wake behind its individual self. Sometimes these wakes are contracted within each other, and sometimes they are deployed.” Calder often used Matter’s photographs as representative images of his sculptures in exhibition catalogs and also contributed one such photograph to the Dimensionist Manifesto.
patterns; circles; dots; movement; abstract
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