Featuring a common element of Calder’s prints – balloons in red, blue and black – this tapestry demonstrates the artist’s innovative artistic method. Weaving together strands of maguey fiber, the composition comes to life. Highly textured and animated, the fibers follow the forms of the composition, circling out past the balloons, and following the straight lines of their strings. The work is pulled together in the large yellow circle lower left with a merging of color and direction.
Executed in 1974, this hand-wove tapesty in maguey fiber has woven initials, date, and numbered forty-seven from an edition of one hundred. Published/supervised by C.A.C Publications, New York/Catalina Meyer for Bon Art with tag verso. The work measures 84 ½ x 55 ½ inches. In overall good condition.
Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976)
American artist Alexander Calder changed the course of modern art by developing an innovative method of sculpting, bending, and twisting wire to create three-dimensional “drawings in space.” Resonating with the Futurists and Constructivists, as well as the language of early nonobjective painting, Calder’s mobiles (a term coined by Marcel Duchamp in 1931 to describe his work) consist of abstract shapes made of industrial materials––often poetic and gracefully formed and at times boldly colored––that hang in an uncanny, perfect balance. He has had several retrospectives, and, among many other awards, was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Bicentennial Artist Award from the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City in 1976. He died that same year, at 78 years old.