Alexander Calder, ‘La chauve souris (The Bat)’, 1966, Olivier Malingue
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La chauve souris (The Bat), 1966

Painted metal
21 × 21 1/2 × 19 9/10 in
53.4 × 54.5 × 50.5 cm
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Olivier Malingue
London

By 1966, Alexander Calder was among the most popular American sculptors, after having reached fame …

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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, ‘La chauve souris (The Bat)’, 1966, Olivier Malingue
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Olivier Malingue
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By 1966, Alexander Calder was among the most popular American sculptors, after having reached fame for his early wire works, his mobiles, standing mobiles and stabiles. Produced in that year, 'La chauve souris (The Bat)’ testifies Calder's commitment to experiment with small scale sculpture, a practice at the …

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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.

La chauve souris (The Bat), 1966

Painted metal
21 × 21 1/2 × 19 9/10 in
53.4 × 54.5 × 50.5 cm
This is a unique work.
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Location
London
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