Christie’s is pleased to offer an exceptional array of Alexander Calder’s innovative sculptures, which reflects the artist’s diverse and prolific career. From the start, Calder transcended traditional notions of sculpture: his first three-dimensional forms were light and transparent figures made entirely from wire. In Policeman, he translates the crisp, minimal line of his early drawings into real space. Created in 1928, the work was exhibited that same year at Calder's first solo show at the Weyhe Gallery in New York. Calder continued to redefine the genre of sculpture through his innovative mobiles.
In his all-black 1947 mobile, Untitled, Calder limits color in order to highlight silhouette and movement. In Untitled (1949), the artist creates dramatic color contrasts by restraining his palette to his favorite hues, black and red, with one bright blue disc.
The later mobiles, Pierrot and Five Blossoms, synchronize their vibrant hues with graceful movements. With similar chromatic intensity, Calder created Untitled (1958) to memorialize his personal relationship with Carmen Segretario, the fabricator of his monumental sculptures. Lastly, his standing mobile, Long Zig-Zag, demonstrates the dynamism of his mobiles, while alluding to his monumental stabiles of the 1960s.