Alexander Calder - Summer Wave Paris Thursday, August 3, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Perls Galleries, New York
    Makler Gallery, Philadelphia
    Private Collection, Philadelphia
    Private Collection, Pennsylvania (by descent from the above)
    Christie’s, New York, 14 November 2007, lot 187
    Private Collection, Arizona
    Phillips, New York, 15 May 2014, lot 26
    Private Collection (acquired at the above sale)
    Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 19 April 2021, lot 1137
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Perls Galleries, Alexander Calder: Crags and Critters of 1974, October - November 1974, cat no. 2, p.1 (illustrated, p.15)
    New York, Venus Over Manhattan, Calder Crags + Vanuatu Totems from the Collection of Wayne Heathcote, 25 April - 8 June 2019

  • Catalogue Essay

    ‘The basis of everything for me is the universe. The simplest forms in the universe are the sphere and the circle.’ Exemplifying Alexander Calder’s iconic and ethereal sculptures, Crag with white flower and white discs (1974) represents the culmination of Calder’s decades-long exploration of the mobile and stabile elements – an extraordinary synthesis of the painterly and sculptural idioms. Originally created as one of the 15 works for the exhibition Crags and Critters at Perls Gallery in New York in the same year, the present work embodies Calder’s poetic employment of floating colour and suspended shapes, an enchanting and fanciful manifestation of youthful exuberance illuminated in dancing forms, igniting the sensory experience.

    Born in Pennsylvania in 1898, Calder originally trained as an engineer, before fully committing to his artistic practice in 1923. Hailed as the creator of the ‘mobile’, he was informed by his expertise in kinetics, mechanics, and other technical disciplines and his familiarity with industrious materials, and inspired by the pioneering Surrealist aesthetics of Paris in the 1930s, attaining one of the most prolific and successful artistic careers of the 20th Century. Today, his works are held many of the world’s most prestigious collections, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Tate Gallery in London.

  • Artist Biography

    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. Born into a family of sculptors, Calder created art from childhood and moved to Paris in 1926, where he became a pioneer of the international avant-garde. 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 was born in Lawnton, Pennsylvania.

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Crag with White Flower and White Discs

incised with the artist’s monogram and dated 'CA 74' on the base
sheet metal, rod, and paint
199 x 202 x 187 cm (78 3/8 x 79 1/2 x 73 5/8 in.)
Executed in 1974.

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