Alexander Calder, ‘Untitled (maquette)’, Christie's

Alexander Calder (1898-1976)

Untitled (maquette)

stabile—sheet metal and bolts

36 1/4 x 29 1/2 x 24 1/4 in. (92 x 74.9 x 61.6 cm.)

Executed circa 1975.

Signature: Untitled (maquette)

New York, Ameringer & Yohe Fine Art, Calder: Four Maquettes, Two Stabiles & a Little Bird Too, September-October 2002.

Santa Fe and Dallas, Gerald Peters Gallery, The Whimsical World of Alexander Calder, July-October 2003.

Milan, Galeria Gió Marconi, Alexander Calder 60s-70s, April-May 2005.

Munich, Galerie Thomas, Alexander Calder-Joan Miro, May-July 2010, p. 21 (illustrated in color).

O'Hara Gallery, New York

Anon. sale; Tajan, Paris, 28 July 2009, lot 40

Private collection, London

Opera Gallery, New York

Acquired from the above, 2012.

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