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ALEXANDER CALDER (1898-1976)

 
Cantilever197334 1/4 x 60 1/4 x 14 3/4 in. sheet metal, wire and paint
Provenance
Perls Galleries, New York
Private Collection, 1974
By the 1970s, when "Cantilever" was 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. "Cantilever" is a bold experiment in balance, form, and color in the third dimension.

The work was exhibited at the Perls Gallery, Calder's primary dealer. Since that time, the work has remained in the same private collection. It is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A08148.


It was also in 1973 that Alexander Calder completed the Monumental sculpture in Chicago, "Flamingo."
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ALEXANDER CALDER (1898-1976)

 
Red Versus Yellow197321 7/8 x 23 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. sheet metal, wire and paint
Provenance
Perls Galleries, New York
Private Collection, 1974
Literature
Maurice Bruzeau “Calder a Sache” 1975
Pg 29 plate 27 color group photograph; pg 31 plate 36 color photograph
Alexander Calder’s “Red Versus Yellow” (1973) evokes a delicate sense of balance in form and color. Calder began working on sculptures as early as 1909, and these early, often austere, pieces later developed into his iconic “Stabiles” and “Mobiles.” The “Stabile” form ranges in size from palm-sized works to monumentally scaled public art installations. The present work, “Red Versus Yellow” is a modestly sized work that shows the artist working with the confidence of a master. The piece is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number #A08159.

1973 was a prolific year for the artist; many seminal works were created in that year including, “Stegosaurus,” a 50’ tall sculpture created for the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut.

Calder's work is held in the collections of major museums worldwide including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Tate Gallery in London among many others.
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