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Alexander Calder (American, 1898–1976)
LOT ID: 74893
Circus, ie. circa 1975

Tapestries, hand-woven raffia and colored yarn
84 х 56 in. (213.36 x 142.24 cm.)
Signed, other, this work is number 61 from the edition of 100 published by C.A.C.
Label reads “BON ART woven art hand crafts of Maguey fiber made in Guatemala” and “C” woven in tapestry upper left; edition '61/100' woven bottom left; “CA 75″ woven bottom right.
Print/Casting Year 1975
Edition 100
Foundry/Publisher C.A.C. Bon Arts
Lot description
"Circus" (1975) is a pristine, hand woven maguey jute-fiber tapestry, after Alexander Calder (US, 1898-1976). This work is rare, and in complete pristine condition. A tapestry by Calder from this Series is always in demand, yet one in such mint condition and this figurative theme is particularly desirable. This tapestry has been in a select US Private collection archivally stored, measures 84 x 56 inches and is edition 61/100.

"Circus" is visually dynamic example of the hand woven maguey jute fiber tapestries that American artist Alexander Calder designed in response to the crisis of the devastating earthquake that hit Nicaragua in 1972. On December 23, 1972 three earthquakes hit the Nicaraguan city of Managua, with more than an estimated 18,000 deaths, 40,000 injured and 200,000 homeless, the city was totally destroyed in less than 24 hours. World renowned visual artists donated their works and millionaire Catalina Meyer, better known as Kitty Meyer, a Manhattan socialite who grew up in Nicaragua, a Polish Jew who escaped to that country during WW II, spearheaded a colossal visual arts project with all proceeds going to relief efforts, to which this tapestry belongs. After Alexander Calder (US, 1898-1976).

Part of Meyer's fundraising involved a project with American artist Alexander Calder, who became personally committed to this cause. Calder created select gouache on paper designs to be translated by the weavers into flat works in two mural sizes of 6’x 8’ and 5’ x 7’ (that are interchangeably called tapestries, wall hangings or floor mats). Calder hired Masaya (local Nicaraguan) and Guatemalan weavers and paid them four times to local rate to weave wall hangings, each in limited editions of 100 per design.
Circus by Alexander Calder
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