Alexander Calder - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Thursday, June 24, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Paris (acquired directly from the artist circa 1929)
    Private Collection (thence by descent from the above)
    Private Collection, Los Angeles (acquired in 1973)
    Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles (acquired in 2007)
    Ruth O'Hara, New York (acquired from the above in 2007)

  • Exhibited

    New York, James Goodman Gallery, Calder: Space in Play, October 22–December 19, 2014
    Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Melbourne, National Gallery of Victoria, Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor, September 21, 2018–August 4, 2019, no. 34, pp. 39, 226 (illustrated, p. 38)

  • Literature

    Alexander S. C. Rower and Holton Rower, eds., Calder Jewelry, New York, 2007, p. 54 (illustrated)

  • Artist Biography

    Alexander Calder

    American • 1898 - 1976

    Alexander Calder is best known for his creation of the mobile. He employed materials such as wire and sheet metal and transformed them into delicate forms that respond to the wind or float in air. Born into a family of artists, 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 artworks worldwide as well as drawings, paintings, jewelry, prints, and textiles, among others. Calder was born in Lawnton, Pennsylvania.

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Property from the Estate of Ruth O’Hara

200

Fly choker

brass wire
6 1/4 x 5 x 1 in. (15.9 x 12.7 x 2.5 cm)
Executed circa 1929, this work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A16741.

Estimate
$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $32,760

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 24 June 2021