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James Johnson Sweeney, who had become a close friend, wrote the catalogue's preface.Calder also constructed sets for ballets by both Martha Graham and Eric Satie during the 1930s, and continued to give performances.Alexander Calder was born in 1898, the second child of artist parents—his father was a sculptor and his mother a painter.Because his father, Alexander Stirling Calder, received public commissions, the family traversed the country throughout Calder's childhood.The duck is kinetic—it rocks back and forth when tapped.

This exhibition was soon followed by others in New York, Paris, and Berlin; as a result, Calder spent much time crossing the ocean by boat.

For three weeks following this visit, he created solely abstract paintings, only to discover that he did indeed prefer sculpture to painting.