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  • Provenance

    Perls Gallery, New York
    Private collection, New York, circa 1975
    Private Collection, 2000
    Sale: Sotheby's, New York, Contemporary Art Morning, November 13, 2003, lot 258
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Perls Gallery, Alexander Calder: Crags and Critters of 1974, October 15 - November 16, 1974

  • 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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Ball Game

gouache on paper
43 1/4 x 29 1/2 in. (109.9 x 74.9 cm)
Signed and dated "Calder 74" lower left. This work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation under the application number A06991.

$30,000 - 40,000 

Sold for $158,500

Contemporary Art Day Sale

16 November 2012
New York