Lot 1: Alexander Calder, “Young Woman and her Suitors,” 1970
October 27, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Lithograph in colors on Rives BFK paper
USA, circa 1970
Alexander Calder (b.1898 - d.1976) - American sculptor and printmaker
Signed “Calder” in pencil on lower right, recto.
Numbered “21/100” in pencil on lower right, recto.
Publisher’s blindstamp on lower right, recto.
Published by Styria Studio, New York.
Based on the monumental sculpture, 1970, shown outside the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit.
Image dimensions: 29 ½ x 23 in (74.93 x 58.42 cm)
Framed dimensions: 38 x 31 ½ x 1 ½ in (96.52 x 80.01 x 3.81 cm)
Very good condition.
Alexander Calder (American, b.1898 - d.1976)
American artist Alexander Calder changed the course of modern art by developing an innovative method of sculpting, bending, and twisting wire to create three-dimensional “drawings in space.” Resonating with the Futurists and Constructivists, as well as the language of early nonobjective painting, Calder’s mobiles (a term coined by Marcel Duchamp in 1931 to describe his work) consist of abstract shapes made of industrial materials––often poetic and gracefully formed and at times boldly colored––that hang in an uncanny, perfect balance. He has had several retrospectives, and, among many other awards, was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Bicentennial Artist Award from the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City in 1976. He died that same year, at 78 years old.
In overall good condition, with tiny pinholes to lower and upper center, recto. Severale minute tears to lower left corner edge, with, minor discoloration on edges of print. Slight buckling to sheet.
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