Stephen Buckley
Many Angles 1972

Artwork details

Stephen Buckley born 1944
Many Angles
Date 1972
Medium Polyvinyl acetate paint on board with metal and hardboard brackets, oil paint on canvas and steel straps
Dimensions Object: 1270 x 1930 x 50 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1992
Not on display

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'Many Angles' refers to a work in the Tate Gallery Collection by the German Dada artist Kurt Schwitters: 'Relief in Relief' c1942-5, which was also known as 'Many Angles'. As in Schwitters's assemblage, Buckley has emphasised the work's physical character. It comprises several panels joined together by metal plates at various angles. Each panel mimics the back of a painting. This illusion is made apparent because the canvas does not extend fully around the side of each wooden stretcher. There are further contradictions in the way the stretchers act as frames. Each contains abstract shapes remininscent of 'crazy paving'. Thus the title also refers to these visual ambiguities and puns.

September 2004