16 Circus Drawings [Calders Circus](152 views)
Description: SIGNED LIMITED EDITION, NUMBER 43 (XLIII) OF ONLY 100 COPIES SIGNED AND NUMBERED BY CALDER. Complete with 16 large offset lithographs of Calder’s drawings for his famous Circus. The fame of Calders circus spread quickly between the years 1927 and 1930. All the Paris art world came to know it. It brought him his first great personal success. But what was more important, the circus also provided the first steps in Calders development as an original sculptor (James Sweeney, as quoted in the Introduction). As Clive Gray explains in his accompanying text: A visit to the studio of Alexander Calder led to the chance discovery of some hundred masterful circus drawings completed over thirty years ago. We publish, for the first time, a choice of sixteen from that group. With introduction by Miro. New York: Art in America and Perls Galleries, 1964. Large folio (box 15.5 x 21.5 inches; prints mostly 13x17inches, some smaller as issued); prints loose as issued; text wrappers, housed in original decorated portfolio box. Light scuffing to box and fraying to cloth at bottom of spine; only remnants of plastic clasps; plates pristine. A beautiful copy. RARE.
Artist or Maker: CALDER, ALEXANDER