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Property from The Foundation Mireille and James Lévy

Pierced Stone

Pierced Stone
incised with the artist's signature 'A. Calder' (lower edge)
36 ¼ x 19 ½ x 15 ½ in. (92.1 x 49.5 x 39.4 cm.)
Executed in 1944. This work is one of two known casts.
Rhonda Sande Gallery, New York
Private collection, New York
Solomon & Co., New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1989
A. Drexler, "Calder," Interiors, vol. 109, no. 5, December 1949, p. 85 (illustrated).
H. Arnason and P. Guerrero, Calder, New York, 1966, p. 113 (illustrated).
J. Lipman, Calder's Universe, exh. cat., Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1976, p. 219 (illustrated).
Calder: Gravity and Grace, exh. cat., Fundación del Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, 2003. pp. xvi and 256 (illustrated).
Calder–Miró, exh. cat., Fondation Beyeler, Basel, 2004, pp. 67 and 256 (illustrated).
Calder: The Forties, exh. cat., Thomas Dane, London, 2005, p. 17 (illustrated).
Calder: Sculptor of Air, exh. cat., Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, 2009, p.54 (illustrated).
New York, Buchholz Gallery/Curt Valentin, Recent Work by Alexander Calder, November-December 1944, no. 9.
New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; St. Louis, Washington University Art Gallery; Milwaukee Art Center; Iowa, Des Moines Art Center; Art Gallery of Toronto and Paris, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Alexander Calder: A Retrospective Exhibition, November 1964-October 1965.
Humlebaek, Louisiana Musuem of Art; Stockholm, Moderna Museet and Musée National d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris, Alexander Calder, October 1995-October 1996, p. 98, no. 72 (illustrated).
Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Alexander Calder: 1898–1976, March-December 1998, p. 218, no. 183 (illustrated).
Washington, D.C., The Phillips Collection, An Adventurous Spirit: Calder at The Phillips Collection, January-July 1999, p. 1 (illustrated).
New York, L&M Arts, Calder: The Complete Bronzes, October 2012-February 2013, pp. 8, 44-45 and 120, no. 15 (illustrated).
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor, September 2018-February 2019, pp. 154 and 233, no. 162 (illustrated).
Further details
This work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A00229.UN2.

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Lot Essay

“A knowledge of, and sympathy with, the qualities of the materials used are essential to proper treatment … Bronze, cast, serves well for slender, attenuated shapes. It is strong even when very slender.” (A. Calder, quoted in A. S. C. Rower, "Forward," Calder: The Complete Bronzes, New York, 2012, p. 9)

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