Alexander Calder - Contemporary Art Part II New York Friday, May 13, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gift of the artist; Renée and Oscar Nitzschké, Paris; Sale: Paris, ArtCurial, Hôtel Marcel Dassault, Art Contemporain 2, October 28, 2008, Lot 810; Private collection, Paris

  • Exhibited

    Paris, Hôtel Dassault, Calder l’équilibre poétique, July 1 - September 11, 2005

  • Literature

    D. Marchesseau, Calder Intime, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1989, p. 55 (illustrated)

  • 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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Whiskey Bottle Label

Wire sculpture.
3 x 4 x 3 in. (7.6 x 10.2 x 7.6 cm.)
This work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York under application number A10973.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $25,000

Contemporary Art Part II

13 May 2011
New York