Alexander Calder 1898–1976

Born in 1898 to Nanette Lederer Calder and Alexander Stirling Calder, a painter and a sculptor respectively, Alexander Calder was encouraged to be creative and make things by hand. As a child he made gifts for his family and jewelry for his sister’s dolls. In 1915, Calder attended Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey graduating in 1919 with a degree in mechanical engineering because his parents didn’t want him to struggle as an artist. After completing school, Calder work a myriad of jobs including draftsman for Edison Company, a staff member at Lumber magazine, coloring maps for a hydraulics engineer and timekeeper for a logging camp.

In the spring of 1922 Calder attended night classes in drawing and the following year he decides to pursue a career as a painter. By 1925 Calder had his first art exhibition and in 1926 he made his first sculptures out of wood and wire. Calder relocated to Paris, socializing with the Parisian avant-garde, and started making mechanical toys and abstract sculptures. His kinetic works, a departure from traditional sculpture, became known as ‘mobiles’, a term coined by Marcel Duchamp.

Calder’s artistic endeavors ranged from mobiles to stabiles (static sculptures) both small and large, to jewelry and paintings. Today his works can be found in numerous museum collections around the world including The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid.

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Alexander Calder

Balloons

estimate: $300–500

Auction Results Alexander Calder

ALEXANDER CALDER, Untitled (Demi-cône) | wright20.com

Alexander Calder

Untitled (Demi-cône)

estimate: $600,000–800,000
result: $805,000
ALEXANDER CALDER, light fixture for Léonie and Geddes Parsons | wright20.com

Alexander Calder

light fixture for Léonie and Geddes Parsons

estimate: $100,000–150,000
result: $233,000
ALEXANDER CALDER, Earrings | wright20.com

Alexander Calder

Earrings

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $125,000
ALEXANDER CALDER, Untitled | wright20.com

Alexander Calder

Untitled

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $112,500
ALEXANDER CALDER, Jeux de l'Oie | wright20.com

Alexander Calder

Jeux de l'Oie

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $100,900
ALEXANDER CALDER, Malaga | wright20.com

Alexander Calder

Malaga

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $69,600
ALEXANDER CALDER, Kakémono | wright20.com

Alexander Calder

Kakémono

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $68,750
ALEXANDER CALDER, Pour Tito | wright20.com

Alexander Calder

Pour Tito

estimate: $40,000–50,000
result: $60,000
ALEXANDER CALDER, The Snag | wright20.com

Alexander Calder

The Snag

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $54,280
ALEXANDER CALDER, The Hand of Fatima | wright20.com

Alexander Calder

The Hand of Fatima

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $47,500
AFTER ALEXANDER CALDER, tapestry | wright20.com

After Alexander Calder

tapestry

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $40,000
ALEXANDER CALDER, Red and Blue Moon | wright20.com

Alexander Calder

Red and Blue Moon

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $30,000