Alexander Calder - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Morning Session New York Thursday, November 18, 2021 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Olivier Pinton, Aubusson
    Acquired from the above by the present owner circa 1982–1985

  • Exhibited

    New York, Whitney Museum of American Art; Minneapolis, Walker Art Center; Atlanta, High Museum of Art; Dallas Museum of Art, Calder's Universe, October 14, 1976–October 30, 1977, p. 165 (another example exhibited and illustrated)

  • Literature

    Louise H. Young and Miriam K. Young, Writing Power, New York, 1981, p. 156 (another example illustrated, p. 154)
    Hannah Martin, "Look Back at the Iconic Tapestries of Alexander Calder," Architectural Digest, November 20, 2020, online (another example illustrated)
    Taylor Dafoe, "Alexander Calder’s Complete Archive Is Now Entirely Online—Discover Some of the Rare Photos, Sketches, and Ephemera Here," artnet News, March 12, 2021, online (another example illustrated)

  • 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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woven with the artist's signature "Calder" lower right; woven with the Ateliers Pinton Frères monogram lower left; woven with the number "EX.A" on the reverse
handwoven tapestry
64 3/4 x 94 3/4 in. (164.5 x 240.7 cm)
Executed in 1971, this work is artist’s proof EX.A from an edition of 6 plus 2 artist’s proofs produced by Ateliers Pinton Frères, Aubusson.

Other examples from this edition are housed in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

$30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for $302,400

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Morning Session

New York Auction 18 November 2021