Alexander Calder, ‘Four Dots with Brass Tail’, ca.1953, Phillips
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Four Dots with Brass Tail, ca.1953

Sheet metal, brass, wire and paint
6 3/10 × 9 1/2 × 3 in
15.9 × 24.1 × 7.6 cm
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Alexander Calder
American, 1898–1976
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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.

Alexander Calder, ‘Four Dots with Brass Tail’, ca.1953, Phillips
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This work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A19018.

From the Catalogue:
"To most people who look at a mobile, it's no more than a series of flat objects that move. To a few though, it may be poetry." – Alexander Calder

In Four Dots with Brass Tail, …

Medium
Sculpture
Signature
Incised with the artist's initials "AC" on the brass element
Alexander Calder
American, 1898–1976
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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.

Four Dots with Brass Tail, ca.1953

Sheet metal, brass, wire and paint
6 3/10 × 9 1/2 × 3 in
15.9 × 24.1 × 7.6 cm
Bidding closed
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