Alexander Calder, ‘Untitled (demi cône)’, Christie's

Alexander Calder (1898-1976)

Untitled (demi cône)

signed with artist's monogram and dated 'AC 72' (on the base)

standing mobile—painted sheet metal and wire

31 3/8 x 34 1/4 x 18 1/2 in. (79.7 x 87 x 46.9 cm.)

Executed in 1972.

Signature: signed with artist's monogram and dated 'AC 72' (on the base)

Humlebaek, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Alexander Calder: Retrospective, October 1995-January 1996, no. 107.

Moderna Museet Stockholm, Alexander Calder (1898-1976), March-May 1996.

Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Alexander Calder: 1898-1976, July-October 1996, no. 143, p. 147 (illustrated in color). New York, James Goodman Gallery,

Calder: Space and Play, October-December 2014.

Private collection, New York

Pace Gallery, New York, 2012

Acquired from the above 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