César (César Baldaccini) Portrait of Patrick Waldberg 1961–2

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Artist
Title
Portrait of Patrick Waldberg
Portrait de Patrick Waldberg
Date 1961–2
Medium Steel
Dimensions Object: 1994 x 2203 x 264 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Kate Maremont Foundation on behalf of Mr and Mrs Arnold H. Maremont 1970
Reference
T01204
Not on display

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César's work established a bridge between industrial processes and art. In 1960, fascinated with the compression machines in the factories that made his sculptures, he began using them to make 'compressions' of his own. This assemblage consists of several forms - parts of Austins and Renaults - that have been compressed and opened out again. The title was an act of revenge against Patrick Waldberg, a leading French art critic who wrote a stinging attack on César.

August 2004

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