Alexander Calder’s The Fish
During a lifetime of collecting Arthur and his wife Anita Kahn assembled one of the most remarkable collections of Post-War American art. The Kahns assembled one of the most complete groups of Calder’s work in private hands. The scope and size of the Kahn’s collection is unparalleled. The examples of Calder’s iconic large-scale hanging mobiles, the delicate pieces of his exquisite jewellery, and his many works on paper are outstanding. Both Anita and Dr. Kahn followed the artist’s career closely and were rewarded with a level of access that allowed them to acquire some signature pieces that would become central to their whole collection.
Alongside the pieces by Calder, works such as Richard Pousette-Dart’s crowning glory, Blood Wedding capture the energy and excitement of Post-War America. This is a collection, with works from Alexander Calder to Pablo Picasso, and David Smith to Stuart Davis, that captures the excitement of this period, a moment when the axis of the art world shifted dramatically and New York became the epicentre of the art world.