The Clove

Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder gave his c.1936 stabile The Clove, first exhibited at Pierre Matisse Gallery in New York in 1937, to the newly formed ADAA Foundation in 1971. His gift was made for the purpose of creating a replica of the sculpture as a prize for the Foundation's award in art criticism and curation. The ADAA Award replicas, although modelled on The Clove, were slightly larger in size and made in unpainted copper. Between 1972 and 1987, seventeen awards were given to such distinguished curators and scholars as Meyer Shapiro, Horst W. Janson, and Clement Greenberg. The first ADAA Award prize, was given on April 20, 1972 to Alfred H. Barr, Jr., eminent art historian and founding director of the Museum of Modern Art.

Alexander Calder (1898-1976)
The Clove
Painted Steel
8 ½ x 7 x 6 ¾ in : 21.6 x 17.8 x 17.2 cm
Signed with the artist's monogram
Studio of the artist
Perls Gallery, New York
The ADAA Foundation (acquired from the above in 1972 as a gift of the artist)
Private Collection (acquired from the above in 2017)
Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York, Calder: Stabiles and Mobiles, 23 Feb – 13 Mar 1937
The Art Show, ADAA, Park Avenue Armory, 1 Mar - 5 Mar 2017
K Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Calder on Paper, 13 Dec 2019 – 13 Apr 2020
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Calder: The Great Yellow Sun, Jan 2021 – Aug 2021
Herbert Matter, et al, Calder By Matter, Paris, Cahiers d'art, 2013, p.37 (illus.)
Pierre Arnauld and Alexander Calder, Calder, Paris, Hazan, 2009, pp.214, 217 (illus.)
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Calder: The Great Yellow Sun, Jan 2021 – Aug 2021, exh. cat. pp. 19, 47, 49, 91 (col. illus.)
This work is registered in the archives of The Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A08255
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