Alexander Calder, ‘Untitled (LACMA Poster)’, 1965, Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

On March 31, 1965, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) opened its doors with several large outdoor sculptures, among which was Alexander Calder’s celebrated Three Quintains (Hello Girls) fountain. This print is from the lithograph edition he created in 1965. He then used this image to design the poster commemorating the museum's opening.

Image/sheet: 33" x 25"; Frame: 39.5" x 31.5"

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Signature: Signed in pencil lower right sheet; edition lower left; retains an "Art Museum Council/Los Angeles County Museum of Art" Art Rental Gallery label verso

Literature: Barron, Stephanie, and Lisa Mark, eds. Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art and DelMonico Books/Prestel, 2013. 7 for poster version with text.

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