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  • Provenance

    Ritou Nitzschke, Paris (gifted by the artist in 1952)
    Private Collection (by descent from the above)
    Christie's, South Kensington, December 1, 2000, lot 153
    Galerie Aittouares, Paris (acquired at the above sale)
    Ruth O'Hara, New York (acquired from the above in 2006)

  • Exhibited

    New York, Jonathan O'Hara Gallery, Simplicity of Means, Calder and the Devised Object, October 25 – December 8, 2007, no. 23, pp. 49, 75 (illustrated)
    New York, James Goodman Gallery, Calder: Space in Play, October 22 – December 19, 2014

  • 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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Property from the Estate of Ruth O’Hara

111

Light Fixture

sheet metal, wire and electrical socket
17 1/4 x 12 x 12 in. (43.8 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm)
Executed in 1952, this work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A11950.

Estimate
$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $37,800

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