Today is the birth date of Alexander Milne Calder, a Scottish sculptor and patriarch of an artistic clan. Born in 1846 he worked on the Albert Memorial in London before moving to America. In the States he’s most famously associated with Philadelphia City Hall. He’s father to Alexander Stirling Calder and grandfather to the more well known Alexander “Sandy” Calder (creator of the mobile).
This occasion has inspired me to share some links regarding art as gifts:
Artists’ birthdays – This site shows which artist was born on what day, and then suggests posters of their artwork for purchase.
WSJ Art Gift Guide – An article I bookmarked some time ago with suggestions for giving art (across the price points) as a gift.
Buying Original Art As A Gift – What to consider when purchasing art for someone else.