Alexander Calder, Sketch for 'The X & Its Tails,' 1967

Artist: Alexander Calder (1898 - 1976)
Title:Sketch for 'The X & Its Tails'. 1967
Reference:Calder Foundation A.24492
Medium:Unique Original Pen & Ink Drawing on Paper
Image Size:10 7/8 in x 8 1/2 in (27.7 cm x 21.6 cm)
Framed Size:approx. 25 1/2 in x 22 5/8 in (64.8 cm x 57.5 cm)
Signature:Hand signed with the initials, ‘CA’ in blue ink in the lower right by Alexander Calder (1898 – 1976). This work is registered in the archives of the Alexander Calder Foundation (NY), under application number A.24492.
Condition:This work is in very good condition with bold, bright colors and crisp lines.
ID #w-2355
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Historical Description

Alexander Calder Sketch for 'The X & Its Tails,' 1967 is registered as an authentic work by Alexander Calder (1898 – 1976) in the archives of the Calder Foundation (NY), under application number A.24492.  Created in 1967, this original pen and red ink drawing on paper is initialed ‘CA’ in blue ink in the lower right by Alexander Calder (1898 – 1976) with a handwritten dedication, also in blue ink, ‘To Alvin Lane’ along the lower center.

The Sketch for ‘The X & Its Tails’ is an original study and preliminary drawing made by Calder preceding his large-scale sculpture for the Detroit Institute of Arts (  Sketches for models and sculptures are rare and this is no exception; according to Alvin S. Lane, collector and friend to Calder, “To the best of my knowledge there were very few, if any, preliminary drawings done by Calder that were on the market, but he was good enough when he did two for commissions to send the drawings to me as a present [including this Sketch for ‘The X & Its Tails’].  I included one of them here to show that although his drawings usually have a flowing steady line, his preliminary drawings are sloppy scribbles” (23).

~       Gift of artist
~       Private Collection (Riverdale, NJ)

Catalogue Raisonné and COA:

Alexander Calder Sketch for 'The X & Its Tails,' 1967 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. Registered with the Calder Foundation, NY under application number A.24492.
2. Elvehjem Museum of Art. The Terese and Alvin S. Lane Collection: Twentieth-Century Sculpture and Sculptors’ Works on Paper. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1995. Listed and illustrated on pg. 23, Fig. 4.
3. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this drawing.

About the Framing:
Conservation framed with archival materials, Alexander Calder Sketch for 'The X & Its Tails,' 1967 is set in a modern, black and gold frame.  The minimalist contemporary style of the moulding compliments the bold lines and color within this work.  The gold and black tones of the framing also serve to enhance the contrast and vibrancy of the colors in this piece.  Completed with white, linen-wrapped mats and a matching gold inner fillet, this work is set behind an archival Plexiglas cover.