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Alexander Calder (1898-1976) has become a household name that is synonymous with twentieth century abstract art. Calder studied at the Stevens Institute of Technology and later at the Art Students League in New York, later continuing his education at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris. His first artistic focus was that of the circus, a recurring theme throughout his oeuvre, which inspired much of his early work and small wire-based sculptures. He gained international acclaim for his mobiles, a term coined by artist Marcel Duchamp, which consisted of a poetic balance of forms put in motion by the slightest breeze. Calder went on to create what Jean Arp termed “stabiles”, or partly monumental and stationary constructions of sheet metal. Calder’s works, including his mobiles, stabiles, drawings, and prints, have been exhibited worldwide, in recent times at the Pace Gallery, New York, NY (2012); Gagosian gallery, London, England (2011); and the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. (2011).

Selected Public Collections:
The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY)
The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Whitney Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, D.C.)
The National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.)

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Creases
Area: Margin
Location: Lower right
Notes: Minor crease in the lower right corner of the sheet, see image.
Degree: Minor
Mat Burn
Area: Margin
Location: Overall
Notes: Minor mat staining around the image, moderate paper discoloration consistent with age.
Degree: Minor

Definition Key
Area
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.



Degree
Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

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  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 20 x 26 in. (50.8 x 66.04 cm.)
  • Framed Under: Glass
Accepted: Wire Transfer
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