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View full screen - View 1 of Lot 443. ALEXANDER CALDER | WOOD WORMS.


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March 7, 05:40 PM GMT


25,000 - 35,000 USD

Lot Details


Property from the Collection of John M. and Elly B. Beard


1898 - 1976


signed and dated 62

gouache and ink on paper

Sheet: 29¼ by 43 in. (74.3 by 109.2 cm.)

Framed: 29¾ by 43¼ in. (75.6 by 109.85 cm.)

This work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A13726.

Among the leading artists of the 20th century, Alexander Calder achieved inimitable playfulness, wit and grace across a variety of media. He continues to be best known for his ‘mobiles’, innovative sculptures to which he introduced the element of time. More recently, however, Calder’s works on paper have undergone a reexamination in relation to his oeuvre. Some of his drawings were sketches for his ‘mobiles’, while others were standalone works, as in the case of Wood Worms. The title of the present work humorously suggests the presence of ‘wormholes’ in a slab of wood. Yet, Calder’s employment of just black and red decontextualizes this seemingly mundane observation and places it within his singular use of form and color.