Alexander Calder, ‘Untitled’, ca. 1955, Sotheby's: Contemporary Art Day Auction
Alexander Calder, ‘Untitled’, ca. 1955, Sotheby's: Contemporary Art Day Auction

This work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A17839.

From the Catalogue

"An artist who has always shown great responsiveness to the divergencies of scale, adapting himself with ease and obvious delight to the requirements of the monumental and the miniscule." —Thomas M. Messer in Exh. Cat., New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Alexander Calder: A Retrospective Exhibition, 1964, p. 14

Courtesy of Sotheby's

New York, Washburn Gallery, Miró and New York, 1930-1950, October - November 1983

Dorothy Dudley, New York (gift of the artist)
Washburn Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner in December 1987

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