Alexander Calder - Evening & Day Editions New York Thursday, November 1, 2012 | Phillips

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  • 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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Fêtes Portfolio (edition de tête)

The deluxe set of 15 aquatints with pochoir in colors comprised ofthe complete set of seven prints on Richard de Bas paper, an additional signed suite of seven prints on the same paper, and the printed cover, with text by Jacques Prèvert,
18 x 14 1/4 in (45.7 x 36.2 cm)
signed by the artist and author in pencil on the colophon, the addional suite of seven prints each signed in pencil, number 16 of 200 (only the first 25 contain the additional set, there were also 25 hors commerce on Arches paper in Roman numerals), published by Maeght, Paris, the colors exceptionally fresh and bright, occasional foxing, pale mat and time staining, otherwise all in very good condition, contained in original red linen-covered folder and case (scuffing and minor soiling).

$12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for $32,500

Evening & Day Editions

31 October & 1 November 2012
New York