Michael Bolus
1st Sculpture 1966

Artwork details

Michael Bolus 1934–2013
1st Sculpture
Date 1966
Medium Painted steel
Dimensions Object: 610 x 914 x 610 mm
Acquisition Presented by Alistair McAlpine (later Lord McAlpine of West Green) 1970
Not on display

Catalogue entry

Michael Bolus b. 1934

T01354 1st Sculpture 1966

Not inscribed.
Painted aluminium, 24 x 36 x 24 (61 x 91.5 x 61).
Presented by Alistair McAlpine 1971.
Exh: The Alistair McAlpine Gift, Tate Gallery, June-August 1971 (16, repr.).
Lit: Richard Morphet, in catalogue of The Alistair McAlpine Gift, 1971, p. 61.

In ‘1st Sculpture’, 1966, an image like two Christmas trees attached at their tops by a tube is wrapped twice around a regular cylinder that lies inconsequentially on its side. The complementary images interlock. This dovetailing of shapes, and the division between them, were suggested by the seams of a tennis ball.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1970–1972, London 1972.

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