Alexander Calder - 20th c. and Contemporary Art Day Sale - Morning Session New York Tuesday, December 8, 2020 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Perls Galleries, New York
    Mena W. Rosenthal, New York (acquired from the above in 1968)
    Sotheby's, New York, February 26, 1990, lot 131A
    Alessandro Durini di Monza & Co., New York (acquired at the above sale)
    Private Collection, New York (acquired from the above in 1990)
    Sotheby's, New York, March 9, 2010, lot 215
    Ruth O'Hara, New York (acquired at the above sale)

  • Exhibited

    New York, Perls Galleries, Calder, Space: Drawings 1930-1932, Gouaches 1967-1968, October 15 - November 9, 1968, no. 8, p. 5 (illustrated)
    New York, James Goodman Gallery, Calder: Space in Play, October 22 – December 19, 2014

  • 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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Property from the Estate of Ruth O’Hara


The Crooked Stick and the Straight Stick

signed and dated "Calder 1931" lower right
ink on paper
22 3/4 x 30 3/4 in. (57.8 x 78.1 cm)
Executed in 1931, this work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A02655.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $28,980

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20th c. and Contemporary Art Day Sale - Morning Session

New York 8 December 2020