David AnnesleyX-Act 1964

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Artist
David Annesley (born 1936)
Title
X-Act
Date 1964
MediumPainted steel
Dimensionsobject: 876 x 2134 x 533 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Alistair McAlpine (later Lord McAlpine of West Green) 1970
Reference
T01339
Not on display

Catalogue entry

David Annesley b. 1936

T01339 X-Act 1964

Not inscribed.
Painted steel, 34½ x 84 x 21 (87.5 x 213.5 x 53.5).
Presented by Alistair McAlpine 1971.
Exh: The New Generation: 1965, Whitechapel Gallery, March-April 1965 (2); The Alistair McAlpine Gift, Tate Gallery, June-August 1971 (1).
Lit: Ian Dunlop, David Annesley, Catalogue of The New Generation: 1965, Whitechapel Gallery, 1965, pp. 17-18; Anne Seymour, in catalogue of The Alistair McAlpine Gift, 1971, pp. 37-48, repr. p. 36.

‘X-Act’ was one of the first pieces David Annesley made after leaving St Martin’s School of Art. He told the compiler ‘things became clearer, as if I settled down into something’. He described the present piece as ‘Like treating metal as fluid and rigid at the same time; like breaking a box’… (read more)

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