Alexander Calder, ‘Sculpture in the City’, 1971, Phillips

This work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A02593

Signature: signed and dated "Calder 1971" lower right

New York, Perls Galleries, Calder: Animobiles – Recent Gouaches, October 5 – November 6, 1971, no. 35, p. 24 (illustrated)
New York, Ricco/Maresca Gallery, Alexander Calder (1898 – 1976) Gouaches, April 17 – May 17, 2008

Perls Galleries, New York
Private Collection, U.S. (acquired from the above in 1972)
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2016

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