For you who missed reading the front page of the New York Times this morning, I will reiterate the story that was honored concerning Alexander Calder, whose smallest mobiles sell in the range of $1,000,000. I guess the art world and market interests me to no extent, so it’s a taken that I would write about it on my blog. Why I love Calder is that every time I look at one of his mobiles, I say to myself “I want to make one of those, too.” I think all people like the people who inspire them and want to make them do things they haven’t done before. For me the challenge of mobiles is that there is a slight degree of science involved in that they have to be physically, as well as visually, balanced.
[“A lot of times maturing as an artist is just starting to do the things you like to do.” —John Currin during the 2013 Walter Annenberg Lecture on October 29.]
The long and the short of it is that Calder’s heirs are accusing Calder’s agent of Fraud. They said he sold fake Calder’s and stashed many away for himself. I thought that the juiciest bit of gossip was learning that Calder had a secret Swiss bank account into which his dealer deposited all of his earnings. [for complete story in the Times, click here]
The New York Times, October 30, 2013