Hubert Dalwood

Large Object

1959

Medium
Aluminium
Dimensions
Object: 762 x 889 x 889 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1960
Reference
T00323

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Dalwood imagined his sculptures as though they were ritualistic objects or artefacts from a forgotten civilization. This work is deliberately mysterious. The title does not help explain its meaning.

Its shape seems organic while its markings suggest some greater significance and the sheen of the aluminium adds a precious quality. Typically, Dalwood has preserved the marks of his handling of the original clay from which this cast was made, giving it perhaps a bodily, even erotic, undertone.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

T00323 LARGE OBJECT 1959
 
Not inscribed.
Aluminium, 30×35×35 (76×89×89).
Purchased from the artist through Gimpel Fils (Grant-in-Aid) 1960.
Exh: Gimpel Fils, January 1960 (34, repr.).
Lit: Norbert Lynton, ‘The Sculpture of Hubert Dalwood’ in Art News and Review, 16 January 1960, p.4.
Repr: Norbert Lynton, ‘The Sculpture of Hubert Dalwood’ in Cimaise, X, January–February 1963, p.94.

This is the second cast of an edition of six. The first was exhibited at the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition, November 1959–January 1960 (49, repr.), and won the First Prize in the British Sculptors' Section. It was purchased by Sir Colin Anderson. The third cast was included in the exhibition Sculpture in the Open Air, Battersea Park, June–September 1960 (15, repr.). There were no preliminary studies or versions of this work.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I