Grenville Davey Rail 1987

Artwork details

Artist
Grenville Davey born 1961
Title
Rail
Date 1987
Medium Painted steel
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 1015 x 2560 x 550 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Charles Saatchi 1992
Reference
T06533
Not on display

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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.

August 2004

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