On New Year’s Day forty-five years ago, the sculptor Alexander Calder and his wife Louisa James Calder took out this full page ad in the New York Times. It was a fierce statement made in protest of the Vietnam War and caused quite a stir at the time. It is still a fierce statement and resonates as much today as it did then.
(With apologies for the not-great quality of the image. It is a scan of a photocopy of the yellowed-and-falling-apart original, clipped from the Times by Sally in 1966, and found in a forgotten archive. The ad was signed “Louise James Calder, Alexander Calder”, details that got lost in copying. We have been unable to find images of it elsewhere.)
Wishing you a wondrous New Year. We’ll be back on Tuesday…two thousand and ELEVEN!