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Lot 2014

Untitled, 1968

Gouache and watercolor on Canson paper under Plexiglas
29 1/4 × 43 in
74.3 × 109.2 cm
John Moran Auctioneers
Estimated value: $60,000–$80,000
Starting bid
$42,500

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About the work
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JMA
John Moran Auctioneers

Sheet: 29.25" H x 43" W

Generally good condition. Minor toning to the paper. A small spot …

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Sheet: 29.25" H x 43" W

Generally good condition. Minor toning to the paper. A small spot of paint loss and instability in the blue circle upper left. Repairs to nicks in the paper upper left, upper center and in the center, the largest a 1.5" line. Extremely unobtrusive handling creases scattered along …

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Signature
Signed and dated lower right: Calder, authenticated by the foundation: A09179
Alexander Calder
American, 1898–1976
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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.

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Sheet: 29.25" H x 43" W

Generally good condition. Minor toning to the paper. A small spot …

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Sheet: 29.25" H x 43" W

Generally good condition. Minor toning to the paper. A small spot of paint loss and instability in the blue circle upper left. Repairs to nicks in the paper upper left, upper center and in the center, the largest a 1.5" line. Extremely unobtrusive handling creases scattered along …

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Signature
Signed and dated lower right: Calder, authenticated by the foundation: A09179
Alexander Calder
American, 1898–1976
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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.

Lot 2014

Untitled, 1968

Gouache and watercolor on Canson paper under Plexiglas
29 1/4 × 43 in
74.3 × 109.2 cm
John Moran Auctioneers
Estimated value: $60,000–$80,000
Starting bid
$42,500

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00d  13h  26m  53s
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