Alexander Calder 1898-1976
T00541 Antennae with Red and Blue Dots
Hanging mobile, sheet alumium and steel wire, dimensions variable, ht. 43 3/4 (111) maximum horizontal extension 50 1/2 (128.2)
Purchased from the artist (Knapping Fund and Grant-in-Aid) 1962
Exh: Bewogen Beweging, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, March-April 1961 (among 43-63, twenty-one unlisted mobiles by Calder); Rorelse i Konsten, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, May-September 1961 (46) as 'Antennerna (aluminium)'; Bevœgelses-Udstillingen, Lousiana Museum, Humlebaek, September-October 1961 (37) as 'Antennerne (aluminium)'; Alexander Calder, Tate Gallery, July-August 1962 (not in catalogue)
Repr: Michael Compton, Optical and Kinetic Art (London 1967), pl.24; Edward Lucie-Smith, Movements in Art since 1945 (London 1969), pl.149
The artist said in 1963 that, as far as he could remember, this was made in 1960 and was one of his works shown in the exhibition of kinetic art at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, in 1961. Installation photographs of the Stedelijk Museum exhibition show it hanging in one of the rooms, and it has been confirmed from the exhibition records that the mobiles lent by Calder to Amsterdam, and unlisted in the catalogue, included one called 'Les Antennes'. This was presumably the same as catalogue nos.46 and 37 in the subsequent showings at Stockholm and Humlebaek.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.93, reproduced p.93