Untitled (Man on a Tightrope)

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, New York (gifted by the artist)
    Private Collection, San Francisco (thence by descent from the above in 1990)
    Hammer Galleries, New York (acquired from the above in 2008)
    Private Collection, Chicago (acquired from the above in 2008)
    Thence by descent to the present owner

  • Artist Bio

    Alexander Calder

    American • 1898 - 1976

    Alexander Calder worked as an abstract sculptor and has been commonly referred to as the inventor of the mobile. He employed industrious materials of wire and metal and transformed them into delicate nonobjective forms that respond to the wind or float in air. Although born into a family of sculptors, the artist studied mechanical engineering before pursuing a career in art; although this training in mechanics was not critical to the development of the mobile, it would later be applied to his monumental works. 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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Property From An Important Chicago Collection

Untitled (Man on a Tightrope)

signed and dated "Calder 1932" lower right
ink on paper
21 x 29 1/2 in. (53.3 x 74.9 cm.)
Executed in 1932, this work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A02396.

$50,000 - 70,000 

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New York Auction 24 September 2019