Each month Rare Posters Inc. offers bespoke research and analysis on the most valuable and collectable modern and contemporary artists of today. These valuations offer a snapshot view into the trends of today’s art market and can help art lovers build valuable assets and investments with the art they love. This January, Rare Posters Inc. covers the American artist Alexander Calder .
American artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976) began his career as a mechanical engineer at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken. After graduating in 1919 he worked as a hydraulic engineer, a draftsman at Consolidated Edison of New York as well as the ship H.F. Alexander, which brought him traveling along the American coast. Inspired by the natural beauty he discovered, Calder decided to pursue his career in art - following in the footsteps of his parents. In 1926 Calder moved to Paris where he lived, worked and was inspired by artists Joan Miro, Jean Arp, Marcel Duchamp and Piet Mondrian. Their influence into Calder’s work can be seen throughout his oeuvre. Calder spent his early artistic career creating circus inspired kinetic wire sculptures. Maintaining a sharp eye with regards to engineering, the sculpture’s delicately balanced and suspended components moved in response to power or air current. Marcel Duchamp would dub these sculptures Mobiles. Besides sculptures, Calder was also prolific in other art forms. He produced jewelry, tapestry and stage designs, as well as drawings, oil paintings, water colors, etchings, lithographs and serigraphs. Combining abstract surrealism and biomorphic imagery into a distinctive style, Calder has become one of the 20th Century’s most iconic and important artists.
For 26 years of his career Calder remained with the Parisian dealer Gallery Maeght, earned numerous solo exhibitions, participated in multiple international art fairs and has become part of high-standing museum collections including The National Gallery of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Moderna Museet and Centre George Pompidou. In 1976, the year he unexpectedly died, Calder was awarded the Medal of Freedom and Bicentennial Artist Award from the Whitney museum of American art.
Calder is a highly collectible artist, who began his career as a very affordable artist, selling works for under $100 to some of the top museums that currently hold his work in collections. Today Calder’s top works fetch up to $6.5 million dollars at auction, while his mid-range works sells in the hundred thousand range. For budding collectors, however, Calder’s original or editioned prints on paper can still be obtained for sums between $1000 - $1500, while lower-end collectible posters and prints are obtainable from $50 - $1000.
- By Jason-Louise A. Graham
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