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Alexander Calder: A great look at a great artist. We owned one of his works!

Sandy superb
Sandy superb
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We've always had a thing for Alexander Calder. Then house in Eastham on Cape Cod featured his only fresco on the kitchen wall. It was an underwater scene...seaweed, clam, fish and signed by Calder in the lower right hand corner.
Sandy (all his pals called him that) was a dear friend of the neighbors . . . he even gifted them with his handmade and collectible one-of-a-kind jewelry. He painted the fresco one day when he went to visit them, using a thick piece of rope as a brush.
The problem? Throughout the years, the piece peeled and flaked. No one tried to preserve of save it. We called various auction houses, even Calder's estate who was doing his Catalogue raisonné. Everyone said it could not be saved. No one was interested it.
We sold the house. With the work.
We are now excited to watch Alexander Calder (First Run Features), the definitive portrait of one of the pre-eminent artists of the 20th century, and the inventor of an art form, the mobile. This acclaimed film shows Calder at work in his studio and never-before-seen archival films and photographs. It includes contemporary shooting of dozens of works, and features interviews with Arthur Miller, Ellsworth Kelly, I.M. Pei, Brendan Gill, Marla Prather, David Ross and Calder's daughters and grandson, Sandy Rower.
We promise no mention of the Eastham work will surface.

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