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    Alexander Calder (1898-1976)
    Samba Rattle, circa 1948
    Tin can, wood, wire and string
    10-3/4 x 3-1/2 inches (27.3 x 8.9 cm)

    Gift of the artist to Robert and Elizabeth Wolff;
    Guy Wolff, Roxbury, Connecticut;
    Private collection, New York, 2006;
    Jonathan O'Hara Fine Art, New York, 2007, 2008;
    Private collection, acquired from the above, 2008.

    Freedman Art, New York, "Hiding in Plain Sight: Objects Common & Curious," September 27-December 29, 2018.

    This work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A23880.

    One of the greatest artists of the twentieth century, Alexander Calder innovated in modes as varied as painting, monumental sculpture, jewelry, and toys, and invented the kinetic sculptural form known as the mobile. To create Samba Rattle, Calder converted a Ballantine beer can into a toy-cum-musical instrument by putting noise-making pebbles inside the can and attaching a wooden handle. The piece is named for samba, a Brazilian variety of ballroom dance music that had gained popularity in Europe and the U.S. just a few years before Calder created this piece. Another Samba rattle from about the same time is in the collection of the Calder Foundation, in New York.

    Samba Rattle was created at a high point in the artist's career. Two years earlier, Marcel Duchamp had organized a major show of his work at Paris's Galerie Louis Carré, for which the author Jean-Paul Sartre penned a seminal essay. Four years later, he would represent the United States at the Venice Biennale, where he would win the grand prize for sculpture. Calder's works are found in museum collections internationally, from the Museum of Modern Art in New York to the Pompidou Centre in Paris and the Reina Sofía in Madrid.

    In an interview in the 60s Calder was asked to list the variables of his sculpture: "You have weight, form, size, color, motion and then you have noise".

    More information about Alexander Calder, also known as Calder, Alexander, Alexander Calder.

    Condition Report*: Mild scratches; scattered dents throughout the tin can; pinpoint size puncture in the upper center of the logo.
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