Alexander Calder, ‘Untitled’, Christie's

Alexander Calder (1898-1976)


numbered 'I, II, III' (on three horizontal elements)

hanging mobile—painted metal and wire

98 3/8 x 137 7/8 in. (249.8 x 350.2 cm.)

Executed in 1954.

Signature: numbered 'I, II, III' (on three horizontal elements)

“Alexander Calder,” Informations et Documents, 1 January__1955, p. 33 (illustrated).

Alexander Calder: The 50s, exh. cat., Beverly Hills, Pace Wildenstein, 1995, p. 12 (illustrated).

Private collection, Europe, commissioned from the artist, 1954

Anon. sale; Christie's, New York, 16 May 2001, lot 11

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