Grenville Davey

Rail

1987

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Artist
Grenville Davey born 1961
Medium
Painted steel
Dimensions
Unconfirmed: 1015 x 2560 x 550 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Charles Saatchi 1992
Reference
T06533

Not on display

Display caption

A number of Davey's earlier works, such as 'Rail' look like architectural fixtures and fittings. In particular, Davey's works are often related to objects that function as barriers, such as manhole covers, seals and rails. So close are some aspects of these sculptures to the industrial objects they mimic, that they almost cease to declare themselves as art objects. This designation becomes dependent on their setting within a museum. However, Davey's borrowings from industrial models are frequently less literal: his sculptural objects reveal a level of artifice in their materials and manufacture that separates them from original prototypes.

Gallery label, August 2004

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