Alexander Calder, ‘Grande spirale en couleur’, 1971, HELENE BAILLY GALLERY

This work is registered under the n°24185 in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York.

Signature: Signed and dated lower right : Calder 71

Alexander Calder en Touraine, Château de Tours, June 7th - October 19th, 2008.

Alain Irlandes, Alexander Calder en Touraine, Exhibition Catalogue, Édition Silvana Editoriale, 2008, illustrated full page in color p.188.

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