La Grande Vitesse

Artwork
Identifier:
2000.100.1c
Artist:
Alexander Calder
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Lithograph
Date:
1969
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 29.25 in Width: 43 in
Description:
Print of red Calder statue; black bars in background.
Historical Context:
Pennsylvania-born Alexander Calder was an American sculptor and artist most famous for inventing the mobile. In addition to mobile and "stabile" sculpture, he also created paintings, lithographs, toys, tapestry and jewelry. He is most well-known in Grand Rapids for creating the much-photographed, infamously orange centerpiece, "La Grand Vitesse", which has become iconic to the city, especially in its association with the annual Festival of the Arts, a festival inspired by Calder himself.