Les Masques

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  • Provenance

    Galería Mer-Kup, Mexico City
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1972

  • Exhibited

    New York, Whitney Museum of American Art; Minneapolis, Walker Art Center; Atlanta, High Museum of Art; Dallas Museum of Art, Calder's Universe, October 14, 1976 - October 30, 1977, p. 165 (another example exhibited and illustrated)

  • Artist Bio

    Alexander Calder

    American • 1898 - 1976

    Alexander Calder worked as an abstract sculptor and has been commonly referred to as the creator of the mobile. He employed industrious materials of wire and metal and transformed them into delicate geometric shapes that respond to the wind or float in air. Although born into a family of sculptors, the artist studied mechanical engineering before pursuing a career in art; these studies may explain the science behind the unique balancing act of his dynamic structures. In addition to his mobiles, Calder produced an array of public constructions worldwide as well as drawings and paintings that feature the same brand of abstraction. Calder lived in Lawnton, Pennsylvania.

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Les Masques

woven with the artist's signature "Calder" lower right; further woven with the Ateliers Pinton Manufactures monogram "FP" lower left; further woven with the number "1/6" on the reverse
handwoven tapestry
64 7/8 x 97 1/4 in. (164.8 x 247 cm.)
Executed in 1971, this work is number 1 from an edition of 6.

An example from this edition is housed in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

$12,000 - 18,000 

sold for $187,500

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale Morning Session

New York Auction 16 May 2018