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Alexander Calder, ‘VD Pin’, 1949, Sotheby's

Property from the Collection of Otis and Velma Dozier

Executed in 1949, this work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A14488.

From the Catalogue
Additional property from the Collection of Otis and Velma Dozier to be offered as lots 14 and 15.
—Courtesy of Sotheby's

Otis and Velma Dozier, Dallas (gift of the artist in 1949)
Thence by descent to the present owner in 1988

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