Alexander Calder, ‘Untitled (Sun)’, 1975, Rago

This mat is an interpretation of a work of art by Alexander Calder that was created to aid the people of Central America after the region was devastated by a powerful earthquake in 1972. Though Calder permitted the copying of certain preexisting designs by local master weavers in support of the cause, he was never directly involved in the project. A selection of the original works and reproduced tapestries were recently exhibited together at Omer Tiroche Contemporary Art, London (2015).

Signature: Embroidered CA

Manufacturer: Bon Art

About Alexander Calder

American artist Alexander Calder changed the course of modern art by developing an innovative method of sculpting, bending, and twisting wire to create three-dimensional “drawings in space.” Resonating with the Futurists and Constructivists, as well as the language of early nonobjective painting, Calder’s mobiles (a term coined by Marcel Duchamp in 1931 to describe his work) consist of abstract shapes made of industrial materials––often poetic and gracefully formed and at times boldly colored––that hang in an uncanny, perfect balance. His complex assemblage Cirque Calder (1926–31), which allowed for the artist’s manipulation of its various characters presented before an audience, predated Performance Art by some 40 years. Later in his career, Calder devoted himself to making outdoor monumental sculptures in bolted sheet steel that continue to grace public plazas in cities throughout the world.

American, 1898-1976, Lawnton, Pennsylvania