Alexander Calder, ‘Friendly Girl’, Christie's

Alexander Calder (1898-1976)

Friendly Girl

signed and dated 'Calder 66' (lower right)

ink on paper

42 3/8 x 29 3/8 in. (107.6 x 74.6 cm.)

Painted in 1966.

Signature: signed and dated 'Calder 66' (lower right)

London, Crane Kalman, Alexander Calder, May-June 2012.

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

Nicolas Guppy, London

Private collection, New York

Anon. sale; Christie's, New York, 15 May 2001, lot 41

Crane Kalman Gallery, London

Private collection, London

Acquired from the above 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