Alexander Calder, ‘Shield’, 1976, Sotheby's: Contemporary Art Day Auction

This work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A11639.

From the Catalogue

"In the event that the work did not attempt to transform the whole of its ambient space into a theatrical or dramatic context, it would often internalize a sense of theatricality—by projecting, as its raison d'etre, a sense of itself as an actor, as an agent of movement. In this sense, the entire range of Kinetic sculpture can be seen as tied to the concept of theatricality." —Rosalind E. Krauss, Passages in Modern Sculpture, New York 1977, p. 204

Courtesy of Sotheby's

Signature: incised with the artist's monogram and date 76 on the shield

Paris, Galerie Maeght, Calder: Mobiles and Stabiles, December 1976 - January 1977, cat. no. 33
New York, PaceWildenstein, Calder 76: The Cutouts, February - March 2002, p. 5, illustrated in color
Santa Fe, Gerald Peters Gallery; Dallas, Gerald Peters Gallery, The Whimsical World of Alexander Calder, July - October 2003

Estate of the artist
PaceWildenstein, New York (acquired from the above in 2002)
Russeck Gallery, Palm Beach
Private Collection, Philadelphia
Weinstein Gallery, San Francisco
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2010

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