Happy Birthday Alexander Calder

Today, we would like to celebrate the birthday of Alexander Calder. He would have turned 113 years old.

Alexander Calder (1898-1976) was one of the most prolific and influential artists of the 20th century, and he achieved international acclaim through his abstract paintings, mobiles, stabiles, lithographs, and jewelry. After graduating from engineering school, Calder worked a multitude of jobs, including a crew member on a boat, where on a voyage from San Francisco to New York he was startled awake by a sunset opposite a full moon, simultaneously hovering on the horizon. He moved to New York and became an artist shortly after this profound experience. By creating his own three-dimensional forms – known as mobiles, some of his most famous creations – Calder redefined sculpture through wire twisted into abstract arrangements that float in accordance with the wind.

Some Calder highlights in LAMA’s history are:

Lot 10
Alexander Calder
Butterfly and Spiral, 1970
Gouache on paper
June 26, 2011 Auction
Estimate $35,000 – $45,000
Realized $75,000

Lot 25
Alexander Calder, Untitled
, 1953
Gouache on paper
Provenance:  From the collection of James Byrnes, Los Angeles
March 6, 2011 Auction
Estimate $15,000-20,000
Realized $25,000

Lot 31
Alexander Calder
Hand wrought hair comb

December 2006
Estimate $10,000 – 12,000
Realized $36,000

Lot 30
Alexander Calder
, 1975, Edition of 100
Hand woven maguey jute fiber
June 2008 Auction
Estimate $1,500 – 2,000
Realized $1,837.50

Lot 445
Alexander Calder
Untitled (LACMA exhibition poster)

Color Lithograph, 1965
October 2010 Auction
Estimate $1,500 – 2,000
Realized $1,837.50


LAMA goes to Foundation Maeght in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France.
(Images by Shannon Loughrey on her June 2010 trip to the South of France.)

PS. Don’t know if you’ve seen Google’s homepage yet. Definitely worth checking out!

Calder.org. Calder Foundation, 2011. Web. 24 May 2011.

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