Alexander Calder, ‘Untitled (Pull Toy)’, ca. 1958, Heather James Fine Art
Alexander Calder, ‘Untitled (Pull Toy)’, ca. 1958, Heather James Fine Art

Exhibition:
Hartford, Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art, Calder in Connecticut, 28 April-6 August 2000 (illustrated in color, p. 97).
Waterbury, Mattatuck Museum, The Calder Corner, 6 October 2005-10 March 2009 and 14 September 2011-1 October 2013.

This work is registered in the archives of The Calder Foundation, New York, under application no. A21538.

A gift from the artist to the present owner, circa 1958.

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