Alexander Calder, ‘Cork with wire spiral ’, 1945, Fromkin Fine Art
Alexander Calder, ‘Cork with wire spiral ’, 1945, Fromkin Fine Art
Alexander Calder, ‘Cork with wire spiral ’, 1945, Fromkin Fine Art
Alexander Calder, ‘Cork with wire spiral ’, 1945, Fromkin Fine Art

This work offers an example of the remarkable breadth and originality of Alexander Calder's work. He was adept at taking seemingly ordinary objects, such as pieces of discarded wire, and turning them into clever and whimsical objects that demonstrate not only his skill as worker of metal, but also his ingenuity as an artist. This work was created and gifted by the artist to his neighbor in Roxbury, at the end of a mutual dinner in 1945, where it remained for over 50 years.

Signature: The work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, as application number A26050.

E. Zafran, E. M. Kornhauser and C. E. Roman (eds), Calder in Connecticut, Rizzoli (pub.), New York, 2000 (mentioned on page 93).

Gift from the artist to Lonie Parsons, Roxbury, in 1945
Private collection (from the above)

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