Alexander Calder, ‘Curly Brass, Curly Red’, 1964, Sotheby's: Contemporary Art Day Auction

This work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A08585.

From the Catalogue

"When I have used spheres and discs, I have intended that they should represent more than what they just are. More or less as the earth is a sphere, but also has some miles of gas about it, volcanoes upon it, and the moon making circles around it, and as the sun is a sphere—but also is a source of intense heat, the effect of which is felt at great distances. A ball of wood or a disc of metal is rather a dull object without this sense of something emanating from it." —Alexander Calder

Courtesy of Sotheby's

Signature: incised with the artist's monogram on the base

Art Gallery of Toronto, Mobiles and Stabiles by Calder, The Man Who Made Sculpture Move, May 1965, cat. no. 239
Chicago, Richard Gray Gallery, Alexander Calder, April - May 1966, cat. no. 17

Perls Galleries, New York
Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago (acquired from the above)
Acquired from the above by the present owner in April 1966

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