Modernist Sculpture Highlights at December Auctions
14 December 2020
Alexander Calder, Mariposa (1951). Sheet metal, rod and paint.⁠ Courtesy Sotheby's.
Isamu Noguchi, Light Sculpture (Lunar) (1943).⁠ Magnesite, plastic, electric components and wood.⁠ Courtesy Christie's.
Ruth Asawa, Untitled (S.045, Hanging Five-Lobed, Multilayered Continuous Form within a Form, with Spheres in the First, Second and Third Lobes) (Executed circa early 1960s).⁠ Courtesy Philips.

Sculptures by Alexander Calder, Isamu Noguchi, and Ruth Asawa all demonstrated market confidence in high-quality works. Each of these iconic artists used their own seductive visual language to play with form, surface, and the movement of light.⁠⠀

Alexander Calder, Mariposa (1951) sold for $18,188,400 at Sotheby's, Isamu Noguchi, Light Sculpture (Lunar) (1943) sold for $562,500 at Christie's, and Ruth Asawa, Untitled (S.045, Hanging Five-Lobed, Multilayered Continuous Form within a Form, with Spheres in the First, Second and Third Lobes) (Executed circa early 1960s), sold for $3,539,000 at Phillips.


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