Property of a Distinguished Post-War Collection
'How does art come into being? Out of volumes, motion, spaces carved out within the surrounding space, the universe. Out of different masses, tight, heavy middling - achieved by variations of size and color. 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 which is fixed. Each element can move, shift or sway back and forth in a changing relation to each other and independently of other elements in the universe. Thus they reveal not only isolated moments, but a physical law of variation among the events of life. Not extractions, but abstractions: Abstractions which resemble no living thing, except in their manner of reacting' (A. Calder, 'Comment raliser l'art?', Abstraction, Cration, Art Non-Figuratif, no. 1, 1932, p. 6).
Alexander Calder (1898-1976)
White in the Air
signed with initials and dated 'CA 67' (on the top red element)
hanging mobile--painted sheet metal and wire
23 x 44 x 44 in. (58.4 x 111.7 x 111.7 cm.)
Executed in 1967.
Perls Galleries, New York
Vera Newmann, New York, acquired from the above 1967
Her sale; Sotheby's, New York, 11 November 1993, lot 248
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner