Alexander Calder‘s revolutionary mobiles have become iconic in American sculpture. Cantilever (1973) and Red Versus Yellow (1973) are registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application numbers A08148 and A08159. They have remained in the same private collection since 1974. Click below for additional details on the works.
By the 1970s, when “Cantilever” and “Red Versus Yellow” were created, Alexander Calder was at the height of artistic prowess. He created this piece with an informed eye, having been working for the better part of the century on identifying and expounding upon his unique creative vision. One of the most instantly recognizable artists of his time, Calder was referred to as an “Engineer of Beauty” by his close friend and neighbor Robert Osborn. These mobiles are a bold experiment in balance, form, and color in the third dimension.
The works were exhibited at the Perls Gallery, Calder’s primary dealer. Since that time, the work has remained in the same private collection. They are registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application numbers A08148 and A08159.