Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 23

Alexander Calder
Blue Sun

1971

US$7,500

About

An original signed lithograph on Arches paper by American artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976) titled "Blue Sun", 1971. Hand pencil signed by Calder lower right and numbered lower left. Limited edition: 148/150. Comes from the 1971 "Conspiracy, The Artist as Witness" portfolio of 12 graphic works. Printed in 6 colors from zinc plates. Printed by Shorewood-Bank Street Atelier and published by David R. Godine and the Center for Constitutional Rights all in New York, NY. Shorewood-Bank Street Atelier blindstamp/chopmark lower right. Arches watermark right center. Copyright stamp on verso lower left. Provenance: private collection - Saratoga Springs, NY. Sheet size: 24" x 18". Light UV staining from previous framing. Remnant of adhesive from tape on verso at top center. In otherwise very good condition with strong colors. Rare. The legendary 1971 "Conspiracy, The Artist as Witness", portfolio was created to raise money for the legal defense of the Chicago 7, a group of Yippies, radicals and anti-Vietnam War activists indicted by President Nixon's Attorney General John Mitchell for conspiring to riot during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. (1968 was also the year Bobby Kennedy was killed and American casualties in Vietnam exceeded 30,000.) The eight demonstrators included Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, John Froines, Lee Weiner, and Bobby Seale. (Bobby Seale was severed from the case and sentenced to four years for contempt after being handcuffed, shackled to a chair and gagged - hence the "Chicago 7".) Although Abbie Hoffman would later point out that these (now famous) radicals couldn't even agree on lunch, the jury convicted them of conspiracy with one female juror declaring the defendants "should be convicted for their appearance, their language and their lifestyle," and another expressing the view that the demonstrators "should have been shot down by the police." All of the convictions, contempt citations and lengthy jail sentences were ultimately overturned by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. The other contributing artists to the portfolio was Jack Beal, Romare Bearden, Leon Golub, Nancy Spero, Sol Lewitt, Robert Morris, Claes Oldenburg, Larry Poons, Bridget Riley, Peter Saul, Raphael Soyer, and Frank Stella. Alexander Calder was born on July 22, 1898 in Lawnton, Pa. He attended the Art Students League, where he was influenced by artists of the Ash Can school. In 1926 he moved to Paris and developed his miniature circus. He is best known as the inventor of the mobile. His art was recognized with many large-scale exhibitions. He died in 1976.

Details

  • Creator
    Alexander Calder (1898 - 1976, American)
  • Creation Year
    1971
  • Dimensions
    Height: 24 in. (60.96 cm)Width: 18 in. (45.72 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    Saint Augustine, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU12127562452

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity. We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Saint Augustine, FL
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more

About the Artist

Alexander Calder

The American sculptor Alexander Calder is known as the father of the mobile, a moving artwork composed of delicately balanced sculptural forms suspended from the ceiling. Because his parents, both artists themselves, did not want him to suffer the hardships of trying to make a living in art, they encouraged the young Calder to study mechanical engineering at the Stevens Institute of Technology, in Hoboken, New Jersey. He worked a number of jobs, including as a hydraulic engineer and draftsman for the New York Edison Company, before deciding to pursue an artistic career. He never abandoned his engineering background, however, applying his understanding of gears and moving parts in all his artworks, from mechanical toys like the Cirque Calder (1931) to his free-standing abstract sculptures, called stabiles.In 1926, Calder moved to Paris and established a studio in the Montparnasse quarter. He began creating the many parts of his famous miniature circus from found materials, such as wire, string, cloth, rubber and cork. Designed to be transportable, Cirque grew to fill five suitcases over the years. Always interested in putting forms in motion, Calder also pioneered a new art form called wire sculptures, which he described as “drawings in space.” Like his famous mobiles, the wire sculptures were suspended so that they turned with any movement of the air, presenting different forms when viewed from different angles.In the 1950s, Calder returned to his roots in mechanical engineering, creating monumental abstract sculptures that verged on the architectural. He worked from loose gestural drawings like this preparatory sketch for his Man Stabile, from 1966. Throughout his career, he also worked as a set designer for the theater, as well as an illustrator and printmaker, producing vibrant, whimsical drawings for books and journals, such as this stunning lithograph of an elephant and two cats.
About the Seller
5 / 5
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
Platinum Seller
These expertly vetted sellers are 1stDibs' most experienced sellers and are rated highest by our customers.
Established in 1978
1stDibs seller since 2015
862 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: <1 hour
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

The Three Eggs
By Alexander Calder
Located in San Francisco, CA
Original lithograph in color. Signed and numbered in pencil, lower margin. A superb impression of this large lithograph. Published by Maeght, Paris. Sheet Size: 29 3/8 x 43 1/4 in...
Category

1970s Modern Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

The Large Pyramids
By Alexander Calder
Located in San Francisco, CA
Original lithograph in color. Signed and inscribed "EA" in pencil, lower margin. A fine artist's proof impression of this large lithograph with strong colors; aside from the edit...
Category

1970s Modern Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Spirales
By Alexander Calder
Located in New York, NY
Sheet size: 35 1/8 x 23 3/4 inches Frame dimensions: 36 9/16 x 25 1/4 inches Printer and publisher: Maeght Éditeur, Paris Edition size: 120 + proofs Signed and numbered in pencil...
Category

1960s Modern Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Damier, Abstract Lithograph by Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Alexander Calder, American (1898 - 1976) Title: Damier from Derriere Le Miroir Year: 1966 Medium: Lithograph Size: 14.5 x 10.5 in. (36.83 x 26.67 cm) Frame Size: 23 x 19 inches
Category

1960s Modern Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Stablies from Derrier le Miroir, Abstract Lithograph by Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Alexander Calder, American (1898 - 1976) Title: Stabiles VI from Derriere Le Miroir Year: 1963 Medium: Lithograph Image Size: 14.5 x 10.5 inches Size: 15 x 11 in. (38.1 x 2...
Category

1960s Modern Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

"Derriere Le Miroir," Catalog with Five Original Lithographs by Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Milwaukee, WI
"Derriere Le Miroir" is an original portfolio of lithographs and text by Alexander Calder. The artist signed the portfolio on the last page. This is edition number 146/150 of the del...
Category

1970s Modern Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Alexander Calder - Rocks and Sun - Original Lithograph
By Alexander Calder
Located in Collonge Bellerive, Geneve, CH
Alexander Calder - Rocks and Sun - Original Lithograph From the literary review "XXe Siècle" 1952 Dimensions: 32 x 24 cm Publisher: G. di San Lazzaro. Unsigned and unnumbered as issued
Category

1950s Modern Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Triangle et Quadrilatère
By Alexander Calder
Located in New York, NY
Sheet size: 20 1/8 x 15 1/16 inches Frame dimensions: 24 1/4 x 20 3/4 inches Printer and publisher: Maeght Éditeur, Paris Edition size: 75, plus proofs Signed and numbered in pencil...
Category

1970s Modern Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery