Ball Game

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  • Provenance

    Perls Gallery, New York
    Private collection, New York, circa 1975
    Private Collection, 2000
    Sale: Sotheby's, New York, Contemporary Art Morning, November 13, 2003, lot 258
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Perls Gallery, Alexander Calder: Crags and Critters of 1974, October 15 - November 16, 1974

  • 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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Ball Game

gouache on paper
43 1/4 x 29 1/2 in. (109.9 x 74.9 cm)
Signed and dated "Calder 74" lower left. This work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation under the application number A06991.

$30,000 - 40,000 

sold for $158,500

Contemporary Art Day

16 November 2012
New York