a new year’s wish spirals on

Alexander Calder, Louisa James Calder

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!

4 Responses to a new year’s wish spirals on

  1. Elizabeth 01.01.2011 at 9:00pm #

    wow — that’s awesome — thank you for sharing it with us and happy new year!

  2. Unigami 01.02.2011 at 8:14am #

    Great image and background information…I really enjoyed seeing this!

  3. Francesca 01.02.2011 at 11:24am #


  4. ryanruud 01.02.2011 at 4:59pm #

    Very powerful. A great start to 2011. Timeless.

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