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  • Provenance

    Perls Galleries, New York
    Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Arthur E. Kahn, New York (acquired from the above in 1970)
    Christie's, New York, 16 November 2016, Lot 298 (consigned by the Estate of the above)
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Artist Biography

    Alexander Calder

    American • 1898 - 1976

    One of the most significant artists of the 20th century, Alexander Calder defied gravity and breathed life into sculpture with his innovative and enrapturing approach. Producing art over a fifty-year span, Calder created a body of work that is impressive both for its breadth and diversity as well as for its universal mastery of form and space. Calder is perhaps best known for his enchanting series of mobiles, kinetic sculptures that float gracefully in space, but he also created a series of monumental yet airy stabiles, massive abstract forms that are bound to the earth, and was a prolific draftsman, painter, printmaker, and creator of jewelry, ornament, and ephemera. Calder’s work on an intimate scale is as impressive as his monumental sculpture.

    Calder’s work is well represented in the world’s most prestigious arts institutions and he is universally regarded as one of the touchstones of the 20th century avant-garde; his work is routinely exhibited in single retrospectives across the globe, and Calder himself will receive his own institution in his native Philadelphia, which will be designed as a “sanctuary” by leading architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron.

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Soporific Sun

1969
signed and dated 'Calder 69' lower right
ink and gouache on paper
74.9 x 109.3 cm. (29 1/2 x 43 in.)
Executed in 1969, this work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A06366.

Estimate
HK$650,000 - 850,000 
€74,100-96,800
$83,300-109,000

Sold for HK$1,062,500

Contact Specialist
Danielle So
Associate Specialist, Head of Day Sale

20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 25 November 2019