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Alexander Calder
POISSON AVEC TÊTE HUMAINE
Estimate
700,0001,000,000
LOT SOLD. 852,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT
129
Alexander Calder
POISSON AVEC TÊTE HUMAINE
Estimate
700,0001,000,000
LOT SOLD. 852,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Alexander Calder
1898 - 1976
POISSON AVEC TÊTE HUMAINE
incised with the artist's monogram and date 76 on the white element
painted metal and wire 
52 by 28 1/2 by 28 in. 132.1 by 72.4 by 71.1 cm.
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This work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A00712.

Provenance

Estate of the artist
The Pace Gallery, New York
Private Collection, Los Angeles (acquired from the above in 1985)
Sotheby's, New York, 18 November 1992, Lot 113
Acquired from the above sale by the present owner 

Exhibited

Barcelona, Galerie Maeght, Calder: Exposición Antologica (1932-1976), April - May 1977, p. 27, illustrated
New York, The Pace Gallery, Calder's Calders, May - June 1985, p. 47, illustrated in color
Hong Kong, Ben Brown Fine Arts, Alexander Calder: Sculpture, Works on Paper and Jewellery, February - April 2013
Hong Kong, Sotheby's S|2, Calder: Imagining the Universe, September 2015, cat. no. 18, p. 53, illustrated in color

Literature

Jacob Baal-Teshuva, Alexander Calder, Cologne 1998, p. 53, illustrated in color
Mildred Glimcher, Adventures in Art: 40 Years at Pace, Milan 2001, pp. 292-293, illustrated in color
Exh. Cat., New York, The Pace Gallery, 50 Years at Pace: Art in the Twenty-First Century, 2010, p. 118, illustrated in color

Catalogue Note

"In the event that the work did not attempt to transform the whole of its ambient space into a theatrical or dramatic context, it would often internalize a sense of theatricality—by projecting, as its raison d'etre, a sense of itself as an actor, as an agent of movement. In this sense, the entire range of Kinetic sculpture can be seen as tied to the concept of theatricality."

Rosalind E. Krauss, Passages in Modern Sculpture, New York 1977, p. 204

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