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Alexander Calder (1898-1976)

Very Crinkly

Alexander Calder (1898-1976)
Very Crinkly
standing mobile - incised with initials and dated 'CA 69' (on the side of the base)
painted sheet metal and wire
height: 31in. (78.8cm.)
span: 52in. (132cm.)
Executed in 1969
Perls Galleries, New York
Hokin Gallery, Palm Beach
Acquired from the above by the present owner on 15 February 1974

Lot Essay

"How does art come into being? Out of volumes, motion, spaces carved out within the space, the universe. Out of different masses, tight, heavy, middling-achieved by variations of size or colour. Out of directional line-vectors representing motion, velocity, acceleration, energy etc.-lines which form significant angles and directions, making up one, or several tonalities. Spaces and volumes, created by the slightest opposition to their mass, or penetrated by vectors, traversed by momentum. None of this is fixed. Each element can move, shift, or sway back and forth in a changing relation to each of the other element in this universe". (Calder quoted in: 'Abstraction, Creation Art Figuratif', Editions les Tendences Nouvelles, Paris 1932).

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