A private collection of around 20 works is going on sale as part of Ketterer’s two-day jubilee auction on 6 and 7 June, celebrating the firm’s 60th anniversary. All proceeds from this part of the auction will go to a foundation that supports molecular-biological research at the American Mayo Clinic. A highlight of the private collection is Alexander Calder’s Yellow Crinkly, 1963, an eye-catching standing mobile made of steel sheets and wire, estimated at €300,000 to €400,000. The American-born sculptor invented motor-driven “mobiles”, a term coined by Duchamp, and unmotorised “stabiles”, conceived by Arp, which Calder later combined to create his “standing mobiles”. The kinetic sculpture’s colourful, hovering forms balance on a firm stand providing an ever-changing abstract composition, which is never out of balance. Through integrating form, motion and colour, Calder created some of his most sought-after works. Peggy Guggenheim was an enthusiastic follower, as was the international art market.
Calder on sale for research fundraiser
Yellow Crinkly will support biological research at the American Mayo Clinic
31 May 2014