T00555 LARGE SCREEN FORM NO.2 1962
Inscr. ‘Adams 1962’ on top of base r.
Bronzed steel, 75 3/4×36×9 (192·5×91·5×23), on base, 21 1/2×12× 1/2 (54·5×30·5×1·25).
Purchased from Gimpel Fils (Grant-in-Aid) 1962.
Exh: Gimpel Fils, November 1962 (5, repr.).
Repr: The Tate Gallery Review 1953–63, 1963.
The screen is related to a number of works made over the previous three or four years embodying sheets of welded metal. An earlier ‘Large Screen Form’ was in the Venice Biennale 1962, and other ‘Screen Forms’ were in the exhibition at Gimpel Fils in November 1962 (e.g. Nos.6, 8, 10, 11, 20, 21, 23, 24 and 25). Adams began welding in 1955 and in these recent ‘Screens’ has suggested their three-dimensional aspect both by boring holes through the welded plates and by inserting rods of varying lengths at right-angles to the main plane. The artist has stressed that the sculpture should be free-standing with a well-lit plain white background so that light reflected from it can shine through the perforations. (Information from the artist, 21 January 1963.)
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I