Alexander Calder, ‘Untitled’, Christie's

Alexander Calder (1898-1976)


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

standing mobile—painted sheet metal and wire

10 x 11 1/2 x 6 in. (25.4 x 29.2 x 15.2 cm.)

Executed in 1971.

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

Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum, Let’s go to the museum! How to enjoy Modern Art in view of Dick Bruna, October-November 2007, no. 5 (illustrated in color).

Galerie Maeght, Paris

Waddington Galleries, London

Private collection, London, 1981

Anon. sale; Christie's, London, 28 June 2001, lot 639

Acquired at the above sale 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