Michael Bolus

1st Sculpture

1966

Medium
Painted steel
Dimensions
Object: 610 x 914 x 610 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Alistair McAlpine (later Lord McAlpine of West Green) 1970
Reference
T01354

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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