T01068 Vector 1968
Resin and fibreglass (dodecagon), 56 1/2 x 136 x 2 1/8 (143.5 x 345 x 5.5)
Purchased from the artist through Leo Castelli (Grant-in-Aid) 1968
Exh: Ron Davis, Leo Castelli, New York, April 1968 (no catalogue)
Lit: Annette Michelson, 'New York' in Artforum, VI, May 1968, pp.56-7, repr. p.56; Terry Fenton, 'Introduction' to exh. catalogue Ron Davis: Eight Paintings, Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, University of Sask., Regina Campus, September-October 1969, n.p.
Repr: The Tate Gallery (London 1969), p.205 in colour; Sam Hunter, American Art of the 20th Century (New York 1972), pl. 638 in colour
This is one of a series of twenty-nine large dodecagons made between January 1968 and October 1969 from the same mould, the same basic shape serving in each case as the starting-point for the exploration of a different effect of perspective and spatial ambiguity. As the title of one of them, 'Paolo', implies, this shape was chosen partly because of its resemblance to the perspective studies of mazzocchi made by Renaissance artists such as Paolo Uccello and Piero della Francesca. The titles 'Radial', 'Ring', 'Inside Light', 'Blue Float' and so on, draw attention to the particular character of the individual works…