Alexander Calder, ‘Spherical Triangle (maquette)’, Christie's

Alexander Calder (1898-1976)

Spherical Triangle (maquette)

signed with artist's monogram 'CA' (on the largest element)

stabile–painted sheet metal and wire

41 x 14 x 14 in. (104.1 x 35.6 x 35.6 cm.)

Executed in 1938.

Signature: signed with artist's monogram 'CA' (on the largest element)

Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Alexander Calder: Retrospective, 1898-1976, March-December 1998, pp. 146 and 161, no. 111, fig. 33 (illustrated in color).

Basel, Fondation Beyeler and Washington, D.C., Phillips Collection, Calder/Miró, May 2004-January 2005, p. 196, no. 38 (illustrated in color).

Calder: Gravity and Grace, exh. cat., Fundación del Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, 2003, p. 46 (illustrated).

Alexander Calder: The Modernist, exh. cat., Zurich, Galerie Gmurzynska, 2005, pp. 70 and 77 (illustrated).

A. S. C. Rower, ed., Calder by Matter, Paris, 2013, pp. 49 and 52 (illustrated).

Percival Goodman, New York, gift of the artist

Anon. sale; Sotheby's, New York, 7 November 1990, lot 102

Private collection, New York

Anon. sale; Sotheby's, New York, 4 May 1993, lot 285

Pace Gallery, New York, 1993

Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1993

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