Alexander Calder, ‘Tightrope Worker (Woman on Cord)’, 1944 / Lifetime Cast 1969, Hollis Taggart Galleries

This work is recorded in the archives of the Calder Foundation under the number A06601.6.

Public Collections
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (Edition 3/6)

Signature: Signed and numbered: "A Calder 6/6"

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. "Calder's Universe." 14 October 1976-6 February 1977, p. 106, (illus. in b&w), (this edition).

Buchholz Gallery/Curt Valentin, New York. "Recent Work by Alexander Calder." 28 November-23 December 1944, no. 27, (another edition).

Kunsthalle, Bern, Switzerland. "Calder, Léger, Bodmer, Leuppi." 4-26 May 1947, no. 28, (another edition).

Stedelijik Museum, Amsterdam. "Alexander Calder/Fernand Léger." 19 July-24 August 1947, no. 28, (another edition).

Perls Galleries, New York. "Alexander Calder: Bronze Sculptures of 1944." 7 October-8 November 1969, no 4, p. 6 (illus. in b&w), (another edition).

Galerie d'Art Moderne Marie-Suzanne Feigel, Basel, Switzerland. "Alexander Calder: Mobiles, Mobiles/Stabiles, Bronzes, Gouaches et Lithographies." 3 April-5 June 1971, no. 2, (another edition).

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. "Calder's Circus." 20 April-11 June 1972, no. 25, (another edition).

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. "Alexander Calder: A Retrospective Exhibition, Work from 1925-1974." 26 October-8 December 1974, (another edition).

Palazzo a Vela, Turin, Italy. "Calder: Mostra retrospettiva." 2 July-25 September 1983, no. 177, p. 106 (illus. in b&w), (another edition).

The Pace Gallery, New York. "Alexander Calder Bronzes." 20 March-14 April 1987, (another edition).

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark. "Alexander Calder: Retrospective." 6 October 1995-21 Januray 1996, no. 20, (another edition).

Moderna Museet, Stockholm. "Alexander Calder (1898-1976)." 30 March-27 May 1996, no. 48, (another edition).

Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. "Alexander Calder: 1989-1976." 10 July-6 October 1996, no. 70, p. 102 (illus. in b&w), (another edition).

Hôtel Dassault, Paris. "Calder ou l'équilibre poétique." 30 June-15 September 2005, p.9 (illus. in color), (another edition).

Calder Foundation, New York. "Calder: The Complete Bronzes." 25 October 2012- 9 February 2013, (another edition).

Lipman, Jean and Nancy Foote, eds. "Calder's Circus." New York: E.P. Dutton in association with the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1972, p. 71 (illus. in b&w).

Lipman, Jean and Margaret Aspinwall, eds. "Alexander Calder and his Magical Mobiles." New York: Hudson Hills Press in association with the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1981, p. 36 (illus. in b&w).

The Fisher Collection, San Francisco. "The Fisher Collection." 2007, p. 88 (color), p. 362 (color).

Bud Holland, Chicago, early 1970s
Private collection, Chicago
Private collection by descent

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