Alexander Calder, ‘American Airlines #2 ’, Christie's

Alexander Calder (1898-1976)

American Airlines #2

signed with artist's monogram and dated 'AC 67' (on the largest disc)

hanging mobile—painted sheet metal and wire

2 x 16 x 8 in. (5 x 40.6 x 20.3 cm.)

Executed in 1967.

Signature: signed with artist's monogram and dated 'AC 67' (on the largest disc)

New York, James Goodman Gallery, Calder: Space in Play, October–December 2014.

Perls Galleries, New York

Private collection, 1967

Hester Diamond, New York, circa 1980

Private collection, New York, circa 1980

Anon. sale; Christie's New York, 12 May 2011, lot 109

Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

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