Alexander Calder, ‘Higgledy Piggledy’, 1969, Phillips
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Higgledy Piggledy, 1969

Sheet metal, wire and paint
17 × 30 × 30 in
43.2 × 76.2 × 76.2 cm
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Property from the Miles and Shirley Fiterman Collection

Executed in 1969, this work is registered …

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Incised with the artist's monogram and dated 'CA 69' on the base
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, ‘Higgledy Piggledy’, 1969, Phillips
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Property from the Miles and Shirley Fiterman Collection

Executed in 1969, this work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A10722.

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In Higgledy Piggledy, the magic and lyricism of Alexander Calder’s celebrated ‘Mobiles’ are presented on an intimate …

Medium
Sculpture
Signature
Incised with the artist's monogram and dated 'CA 69' on the base
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.

Higgledy Piggledy, 1969

Sheet metal, wire and paint
17 × 30 × 30 in
43.2 × 76.2 × 76.2 cm
Bidding closed
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