Michael Bolus b. 1934
T01357 1st Sculpture 1967–68
Painted steel, 72½ x 171¾ x 98¿ (179 x 436 x 250).
Presented by Alistair McAlpine 1971.
Exh: Waddington Galleries, September–October 1968; The Alistair McAlpine Gift, Tate Gallery, June–August 1971 (19, repr. in colour).
Lit: Richard Morphet, in catalogue of The Alistair McAlpine Gift, 1971, p. 61.
One of the horizontal rods in ‘1st Sculpture’, 1967–8, rests on two white pyramidal forms. Each of the four rods is supported in a very different manner. In another sculpture of this series in the Tate Gallery (T01045), rods in clusters of three are supported, raised above and horizontal to the floor, on white v-shapes of which (as in T01349, T01351 and T01353) one ‘limb’ rests on the ground while the other extends into space. The purpose of the white supports in both sculptures is to make a clear break between strong colours (and, here, between mixed colours and the ground) as in some of Stella’s stripe paintings. In both these works in the Tate, colours are restricted to red, yellow, blue and white, recalling Bolus’s admiration for the direct character of Mondrian’s employment of distinct blocks of pure colour…