Alexander Calder, ‘Six White Dots and Yellow on Black and Red’, Christie's

Alexander Calder (1898-1976)

Six White Dots and Yellow on Black and Red

signed with the artist's monogram 'AC' (on the base)

standing mobile—painted sheet metal and wire

13 7/8 x 19 1/2 x 4 in. (35.2 x 49.5 x 10.1 cm.)

Executed in 1964.

Signature: signed with the artist's monogram 'AC' (on the base)

New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Alexander Calder: A Retrospective Exhibition, November 1964-January 1965, no. 325.

Art Gallery of Toronto, Mobiles and Stabiles by Calder, The Man Who Made Sculpture Move, May 1965.

Paris, Musee National d’Art Moderne, Calder, July-October 1965, no. 252.

Perls Galleries, New York

Private collection, Kansas City, 1964

Hollis Taggart Gallery, 2011

Private collection, Detroit, 2011

Menconi & Schelkopf, New York, 2013

Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York

Acquired from the above by the present owner

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