Alexander Calder and Artists of The Hamptons

Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder
Untitled, 1963.

A sculpture by Alexander Calder sold at a Paris auction for more than $5.5 million on July 9th. The 11-foot tall sculpture is just one of many that are installed in France, where Calder went to study at the  Académie de la Grande Chaumière in 1926.

Calder was born in Pennsylvania in 1898, and received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1919.

Alexander Calder
Enmeshed Jewel, 1969
Gouache on paper
29 x 42.5 inches
Signed and dated (l.r.)
Registration #A14428
For sale at Surovek Gallery

He not only created sculptures and stabiles (the mobiles for which he is most well known), he also painted, made prints, jewelry, tapestries and rugs.

The Artists of the Hamptons

William Glackens and Winslow Homer were two of the artists who were inspired by the beauty and serenity of The Hamptons in the early twentieth century.

William Glackens
Long Island Cottage,
Oil on canvas
26 x 32 inches
Signed: W Glackens (l.l.)
For sale at Surovek Gallery

In the 1950s, many artists, like Calder, Willem and Elaine de Kooning and Jackson Pollack left their Manhattan studios to work, rest and play in in the little seaside villages on the east end of Long Island.

In the 1950s through the 80s, Southampton Hospital was the only facility that served the area and many of the artists who were treated there, donated work to the hospital.

A print by Alexander Calder found in a storeroom at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital.

A few months ago, staff members at Southampton Hospital were trying to find space for ventilators and additional hospital beds during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. They opened the door to an old storeroom in the dialysis ward and discovered more than one hundred works by artists like de Kooning and Calder.

The hospital will auction the works, with the proceeds going to both the hospital and the Southampton History Museum.

Ellsworth Kelly in east Hampton in the summer of 1960.

Ellsworth Kelly and Roy Lichtenstein also sought refuge in The Hamptons.

Ellsworth Kelly
Colored Paper Image XVl, 1976
Pressed paper pulp in colors
32.5 x 31 inches
Edition: 23/24
Signed lower right, numbered lower left
For sale at Surovek Gallery

Roy Lichtenstein
Brushstroke on Canvas, 1989
For sale at Surovek Gallery

In 1971, Andy Warhol bought an estate, consisting of five cottages, where he entertained fellow artists like Keith Haring and celebrities like Jacqueline Kennedy and John Lennon.

Andy Warhol
Portraits of the Artists, 1967
Screenprint on 100 Colored Polystyrene Boxes in 10 Colors
20 x 20 inches
Edition: 112/ 200
Signed verso
For sale at Surovek Gallery

Today, The Hamptons remain a serene escape for artists, where art galleries and collectors support the art community.

Alexander Calder and Artists of The Hamptons at Surovek Gallery

Please contact us if you would like more information about the work of Alexander Calder, or any of the other fine art available at Surovek Gallery.

References:
The Economic Times. Artist Alexander Calder’s holiday park sculpture fetches over $5.5 mn at Paris auction. July 9, 2020.
Isabel Vincent. Forgotten trove of de Kooning, Calder art found in hospital storeroom. New York Post. July 18, 2020.
Scott Reyburn. Banksy and Rembrandt Boost Sotheby’s Sale to $192.7 Million. The New York Times. July 28, 2020.
Elena Martinique. The Vibrant Art Scene in the Hamptons. Widewalls. August 2, 2018.
Ken Johnson. Elaine de Kooning and Andreas Gursky in Close-Up in the Hamptons. The New York Times. August 6, 2015.
Alice Phillips. How Artists Came to the Hamptons, and the Best Galleries & Museums Today. Heading Out. April 4, 2019.
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