Catalogue entry

Robert Adams 1917-1984

T00906 Maquette for Architectural Screen 1956

Inscr. ‘Adams’ on underside.
Bronze, 9 x 29½ x 3½ (22.8 x 74.9 x 8.9).
Chantrey Purchase from Gimpel Fils 1967.
Exh. Venice Biennale, 1962 (British Pavilion (11), British cat. No. K (repr.)), and British Council European tour; R.A., 1967 (1456).
Repr. Kunstwerk, XI, March 1958, p. 22; A. M. Hammacher, Modern English Sculpture, 1967, p. 1 24.

One of an edition of six casts of Adams’ Opus 101. A maquette for Adams’ reinforced concrete relief (dated 1959; 2.75 metres high, 22 metres long) for the facade of the Municipal Theatre, Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The artist wrote (1 June 1967): The original model for the bronze was made in wood, and was developed from a series of smaller bronzes done in 1955. The Gelsenkirchen relief is composed of the two sides of the bronze joined end to end, with a slight change and redevelopment in the centre so that the movement of forms continues right across.

‘My work usually progresses one from another, but this series of bronzes appear to have only a slight relationship with my work in steel, although I am now planning further bronzes that seem at the moment as if they will connect the two’.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1966–1967, London 1967.