T01785 Engraving in Wood No. 27 1973
Inscribed 'TOP [with an arrow] | HOUTGRAFIEK NO. XXVII 1973. HOUT 120 x 120cm. | AD. DEKKERS. HOLLAND | AD '73' on the back
Chipboard with synthetic resin surface, 47 1/4 x 47 1/4 (120 x 120)
Purchased from the artist through the Lucy Milton Gallery (Grant-in-Aid) 1973
Exh: Ad Dekkers, Lucy Milton Gallery, London, September-October 1973 (works not listed); Series, Tate Gallery, December 1977-January 1978 (14)
[See note on T01784 for 'the systems underlying these two works'.] In this case the basic unit is 4cm, though the shortest line at the bottom has been made 5cm because the artist thought that it would otherwise have been too short to tell visually. The next line, on the left, is set 4cm in from the edge and is 8cm (twice the basic unit) in length. The line at the top starts 12cm in from the edge (i.e. equivalent to where the previous line ended) and is 12cm (three times the basic unit) in length. Finally the line on right begins 24cm from the edge and is 16cm (four times the basic unit) in length. Thus, in a clockwise sequence, the lines get progressively longer and move inwards towards the centre.
Carel Blotkamp adds (letter of 4 December 1978) that Dekkers made 27 'Engravings in Wood' between 1970 and 1973, so these two works are the last of the series. In most cases there also exist smaller versions, usually 60 x 60cm, and/or drawings. According to the record book that Dekkers kept of his work, he made versions measuring 60 x 60cm of both pieces in the Tate.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.156-7, reproduced p.156