Michael Bolus b. 1934
T01351 8th Sculpture 1963
Painted steel, 40½ x 40¾ x 12¼ (103 x 103.5 x 31).
Presented by Alistair McAlpine 1971.
Exh: The Alistair Ale Alpine Gift, Tate Gallery, June–August 1971 (13, repr.).
Lit: Richard Morphet, in catalogue of The Alistair McAlpine Gift, 1971, p. 56.
‘8th Sculpture’ was made at a time when Bolus was thinking of making a sculpture from a ten-foot sheet of crumpled paper. It embodies the sense of inconsequentiality by which, in not marking off a sculpture theatrically, he aimed to make it more real. He felt that since a sculpture should need no further support than its mere existence, it ought to be possible to achieve equal presence with an apparent fragment. Deliberately made to look like a random part of a larger whole, ‘8th Sculpture’ was partly inspired by Brancusi’s ‘Torso of a Young Man’, 1922…