ALEXANDER CALDER Untitled

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ALEXANDER CALDER
Untitled
incised by the artist’s monogram on the base
sheet metal, wire and paint
17¼ by 27 by 16 in. 43.8 by 68.6 by 40.6 cm.
Executed circa 1968.

PROVENANCE
Collection of Jean Davidson, United States
Private Collection, France (gifted from the above in 1969)
Christie's, Paris, May 30, 2007, lot 324 (consigned by the above)
Private Collection, Europe (acquired from the above sale)
Sotheby’s, New York, May 16, 2018, lot 17 (consigned by the above)
Private Collection

CATALOGUE NOTE
By 1931, Alexander Calder began to create suspended sculptures which Marcel Duchamp called “mobiles.” A year later, the artist created his first stationary “stabile” sculpture, as Jean Arp dubbed them. While Calder’s mobiles carved into space by swaying with changes in air flow and thus moving into new configurations, the artist’s stabiles remained static and grounded. Untitled (1963) is a unique combination of both sculptural types–while firmly tethered and weighty at the base, the present work simultaneously appears to levitate. A curvaceous three-legged red base secures the sculpture to the ground, inviting a sense of downward motion. At the same time, the branches of metal that sprout above and dangle thin, white metal discs, add a playful weightlessness that draws viewers’ attention upward. This kinetic contrast is Calder’s genius and greatest contribution to the medium of sculpture.

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