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  • Provenance

    Galerie Maeght, Paris
    Brook Street Gallery, London, 1970
    Private Collection, Los Angeles
    Jack Rutberg Fine Arts Inc., Los Angeles, 1989
    Feingarten Galleries, Beverly Hills, 1993

  • Exhibited

    Milan, Studio Marconi, Calder, April - May 1971
    Los Angeles, Jack Rutberg Fine Arts Inc.,Alexander Calder: Sculptures, Paintings and Gouache, December 8, 1990 - January 1, 1991

  • Literature

    , exh. cat., Studio Marconi, Milan, 1971, p. 19 (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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Snakes Puzzles

gouache and ink on paper
29 1/4 x 43 in. (74.3 x 109.2 cm.)
Signed and dated "Calder 70" lower right. This work is accompanied by a photo-certificate signed by the artist.
This work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation under application number A08700.

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $70,000

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