Alexander Calder, Untitled 1969


Alexander Calder Untitled, 1969 original gouache for sale

Signed Alexander Calder gouache and ink, Untitled 1969

Artist:Alexander Calder (1898 - 1976)

Title:Untitled 1969

Medium:Unique and Original Gouache and ink on paper

Image Size:29 in x 42 1/2 in (73.7 cm x 108 cm)

Sheet Size:29 in x 42 1/2 in (73.7 cm x 108 cm)

Framed Size:approx. 41 in x 54 1/2 in (104.1 cm x 138.4 cm)

Signature:This work is hand signed Alexander Calder (Pennsylvania, 1898 – New York, 1976) and dated ’69 in the lower right.

Condition:This work is in excellent condition

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Alexander Calder Untitled, 1969 features an eye-catching red form within an otherwise black and white composition. The red jewel is ringed by a triangular design that gives it the appearance of a sun, imparting warmth further into the gem. The geometric and alternating black and white lines act as rays, and the jewel shines out across the paper. The strong contrast that Calder employs in this original gouache makes for a boldly colored work that stands firm – its thick lines make the piece feel rooted in reality although it make appear abstract subject matter.

The lines shooting out from the jewel lead the viewer’s eyes around the composition from center out to the corners. The high contrast and the energetic lines combine creating a dynamic composition that is both simple and striking, exemplifying Calder’s mastery of color and form. Calder is famous for the motion in his work, particularly in his work with mobiles. It is no surprise that Calder was able to carry over from of those ideas from sculpture into his gouaches, which are as unique and exuberant as his innovative 3D works.

Created in 1969, this unique original gouache on paper is hand singed by Alexander Calder (Lawnton, 1898 – New York, 1976) and dated ’Calder 69’ in black in the lower right.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Alexander Calder Untitled, 1969 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the final sale of the work).

1. This work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation NY under application number A11428.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Alexander Calder Untitled, 1969 is presented in a complementary moulding and optical grade Plexiglas.

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The Certificate of Authenticity accompanies this work, guaranteeing its authenticity for as long as you own it.

All catalogue raisonné and historical documentation is included with your purchase.

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Alexander Calder's childlike joy and draftsmanship entranced Paris as much as they did New York. His signature stabiles bring his monumental public works into the home while Calder signed lithographs and drawings are some of the best graphic works of the 20th century.

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Alexander Calder (1898-1976)

Alexander Calder Biography

Alexander Calder was born July 22, 1898, in Lawnton, Pennsylvania, into a family of artists. In 1919, he received an engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken. Calder attended the Art Students League, New York, from 1923 to 1926, studying briefly with Thomas Hart Benton and John Sloan, among others. As a freelance artist for the National Police Gazette in 1925, he spent two weeks sketching at the circus; his fascination with the subject dates from this time. He also made his first sculpture in 1925; the following year he made several constructions of animals and figures with wire and wood. The first exhibition of Calder paintings took place in 1926 at the Artist’s Gallery, New York. Later that year, he went to Paris and attended the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. In Paris, he met Stanley William Hayter, exhibited at the 1926 Salon des Indépendants, and in 1927 began giving performances of his miniature circus. The first show of his wire animals and caricature portraits was held at the Weyhe Gallery, New York, in 1928. That same year, he met Joan Miró, who became his lifelong friend. Subsequently, Calder divided his time between France and the United States. In 1929, the Galerie Billiet gave him his first solo show in Paris. He met Frederick Kiesler, Fernand Léger, and Theo van Doesburg and visited Piet Mondrian’s studio in 1930. Calder began to experiment with abstract sculpture at this time and in 1931 and 1932 introduced moving parts into his work. These moving sculptures were called “mobiles”; the stationary constructions were to be named “stabiles.” He exhibited with the Abstraction-Création group in Paris in 1933. In 1943, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, gave him a solo exhibition.

During the 1950s, Calder traveled widely and executed Towers (wall mobiles) and Gongs (sound mobiles). He won the Grand Prize for Sculpture at the 1952 Venice Biennale. Late in the decade, Calder worked extensively with gouache; from this period, he executed numerous major public commissions. In 1964–65, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, presented a Calder retrospective. He began the Totems in 1966 and the Animobiles in 1971; both are variations on the standing mobile. A Calder exhibition was held at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, in 1976. Alexander Calder died November 11, 1976, in New York.

Alexander Calder created a piece called “WTC Stabile”, which was placed in front of 7 World Trade Center, one of the buildings on the perimeter of the World Trade Center plaza. Due to the attacks on September 11, 2001, the piece was destroyed by the collapse of 7 World Trade Center.

According to the Library of Congress, “About 30 percent of the Calder piece was recovered, thanks to flyers describing it that were handed out to recovery workers at Ground Zero by Calder’s grandson. Wenegrat said the artwork cannot be restored, but its pieces may come back to life in a different form. Wenegrat said the value of these destroyed pieces, as well as those in other World Trade Center public places, is estimated at $15 million.”

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