Chalk & Vermilion Acquires Significant Calder Hanging Sculpture


Greenwich, CT – Chalk & Vermilion Fine Arts has acquired an important mobile created by Alexander Calder.  Entitled “Les trois barres”, (The Three Bars), it was created in 1970 and was previously on exhibit at “CALDER: A RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION," at the Palazzo a Vela in Turin, Italy, July - September 1983.  Most recently, it hung in the lobby of the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City.  (see photo, left)

Calder is renowned for the invention of the mobile, whose suspended, abstract elements move and balance to create art that has endless variations.  In explaining his attraction to movement, he said, “Why must art be static?  You look at an abstraction, sculptured or painted, an entirely exciting arrangement of planes, spheres, nuclei, entirely without meaning.  It would be prefect but it is always still.  The next step in sculpture is motion.”  (excerpted from the New York World-Telegram, June 11, 1932)

Alexander Calder (1898-1976), whose illustrious career spanned much of the 20th century, is the most acclaimed and influential sculptor of our time.  Calder utilized his innovative genius to profoundly change the course of modern art.  He began by developing a new method of sculpting: by bending and twisting wire, he essentially "drew" three-dimensional figures in space.  In addition to kinetic sculpture, Calder also devoted himself to making outdoor sculpture on a grand scale from bolted sheet steel.  Today, these widely recognized artworks grace public plazas in cities throughout the world.

Chalk & Vermilion Fine Arts, one of America’s foremost publishers of contemporary fine art prints and sculpture, represents a number of today’s most popular artists from around the world, such as, Philippe Bertho, Fanny Brennan, Erté, Kerry Hallam, Liudmila Kondakova, René Lalonde, Thomas McKnight, and Bruce Ricker.

Alexander Calder, “Les trois barres”, c. 1970
Hanging mobile with painted steel and aluminum elements, 216 x 144 x 108”.
Pictured hanging in Lincoln Center, the Vivian Beaumont Theater.

For further information:
Maria Saraceno Ward
(203) 869-9500, ex.248

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