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Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder

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Nationality: American

Birth Place: Philadelphia (Philadelphia county, Pennsylvania, United States)

Biography:
Alexander Calder pushed the boundaries of artistic and sculptural forms by incorporating his interest in movement and mechanics into ground breaking forms of art. As the son of Alexander Sterling Calder and grandson of Alexander Milne Calder, Calder was introduced to art at an early age, though he did not set his sights of becoming a professional artist until later in his life. Because of Calder’s interest in machinery and movement, he attended the Stevens Institute of Technology and received a degree in mechanical engineering in 1919, the influences of which can be seen in the construction of his work throughout his life. After a brief stint working odd jobs, he officially decided to pursue a career in art, and enrolled in the Art Students League in New York City in 1923. He then moved to Paris in 1926 where he befriended modern artists such as Joan Miró, Marcel Duchamp, and Piet Mondrian. Of these artists, Mondrian was the most influential on Calder’s works; the geometric shapes incorporated into Mondrian’s later work inspired the forms Calder used throughout his career. In 1931, Calder began making his “stabiles” (the coined name for his non-moving sculpture) and “mobiles” (his movable, kinetic pieces), which were featured in an exhibition organized by Duchamp, and then introduced in the US in 1932, where they were well-received and praised. From here, Calder’s career only continued to grow as he began to create monumental public sculpture, continued making his mobiles and stabiles out of experimental materials, and ventured into lithography. His work is now held in the collections of major museums throughout the US.

 

Alexander Calder Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
Alexander Calder (1898-1976) Balancier, 1973 Gouache and ink on paper 29 x 42-1/2 inches (73.7 x 108.0 cm) Signed an
Alexander Calder (1898-1976) Balancier, 1973 Gouache and ink on paper 29 x 42-1/2 inches (73.7 x 108.0 cm) Signed an...
Lot 69007
Auction 5262
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
$100,000
ALEXANDER CALDER (American, 1898-1976) Vertical Loops, 1968 Gouache and ink on paper 43 x 29-1/2 inches (109.2 x 74.9
ALEXANDER CALDER (American, 1898-1976) Vertical Loops, 1968 Gouache and ink on paper 43 x 29-1/2 inches (109.2 x 74.9...
Lot 72032
Auction 5063
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
$83,650.00
ALEXANDER CALDER (American, 1898-1976) Dream Figments, 1964 Ink and gouache on paper 29-1/2 x 42-1/2 inches (74.9 x 1
ALEXANDER CALDER (American, 1898-1976) Dream Figments, 1964 Ink and gouache on paper 29-1/2 x 42-1/2 inches (74.9 x 1...
Lot 72031
Auction 5063
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
$65,725.00
Alexander Calder (1898-1976) Untitled, c. 1970 Lithograph in colors on wove paper 20-1/2 x 28-3/8 inches (52.1 x 72.1
Alexander Calder (1898-1976) Untitled, c. 1970 Lithograph in colors on wove paper 20-1/2 x 28-3/8 inches (52.1 x 72.1...
Lot 11029
Auction 191839
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
$2,443.75
Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976) Madison Square Boy's Club, 1974 Lithograph in colors on paper 31-1/2 x 23-3/4
Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976) Madison Square Boy's Club, 1974 Lithograph in colors on paper 31-1/2 x 23-3/4 ...
Lot 63709
Auction 5375
Sunday, September 23, 2018
$2,250.00

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Alexander Calder (1898-1976) Untitled (Black and White Flying Saucers), c. 1969 Lithograph on paper 43 x 29-3/8 inche...
Alexander Calder (1898-1976) Untitled (Black and White Flying Saucers), c. 1969 Lithograph on paper 43 x 29-3/8 inche... (1)

Auction 201845
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
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Alexander Calder (1898-1976) Black is Dominant, 1969 Gouache and ink on paper 29-1/2 x 43-1/8 inches (74.9 x 109.5 cm...
Alexander Calder (1898-1976) Black is Dominant, 1969 Gouache and ink on paper 29-1/2 x 43-1/8 inches (74.9 x 109.5 cm... (1)

Auction 5381
Thursday, November 29, 2018
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Alexander Calder (1898-1976) Untitled, 1963 Guache and ink on paper 22-5/8 x 31 inches (57.5 x 78.7 cm) Signed and d...
Alexander Calder (1898-1976) Untitled, 1963 Guache and ink on paper 22-5/8 x 31 inches (57.5 x 78.7 cm) Signed and d... (1)

Auction 5381
Thursday, November 29, 2018
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