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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 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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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.

Estimate
$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