Alexander Calder - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Tuesday, May 16, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Nicholas Guppy, London (acquired directly from the artist)
    Brook Street Gallery, London
    James Goodman Gallery, New York
    Paul Kantor Gallery, New York (acquired in 1976)
    Jeffrey Horvitz, Los Angeles
    Private Collection (acquired from the above in 1978)
    Private Collection (thence by descent from the above)
    Phillips, New York, September 30, 2020, lot 65
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • 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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Flyball Governor

signed and dated "Calder 61" lower right
gouache and ink on paper
29 1/4 x 41 1/2 in. (74.3 x 105.4 cm)
Executed in 1961, this work is registered under the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A08774.

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $76,200

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 16 May 2023