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Calder sculpture outside High Museum to wave goodbye in mid-January

Alexander Calder’s “Three Up, Three Down” mobile has been such a fixture on the front yard of the High Museum of Art, contrasted with Richard Meier’s landmark white-paneled building, most people thought the museum owned it.

But the High has announced that Calder’s 23.5-foot-tall kinetic sculpture, which has been on loan from the Calder Foundation since 1988, will depart Peachtree Street after Jan. 12. The 1973 work is headed for a summer 2014 exhibition of the late American artist (1898-1976) at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum.

As it mulls options for a statement work of art to replace “Three Up, Three Down,” the High will install Calder’s 12-foot-long hanging mobile “Untitled” (1947) in the Modern & Contemporary Art galleries in sometime in 2014 (exact date to be determined). Last exhibited in 2001, that piece is part of the permanent collection.

More details on myajc.com (subscriber site) Thursday afternoon and in Saturday’s Living section. HOWARD POUSNER

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