Luciano Fabro Clotheshanger of the North 1981

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Artwork details

Artist
Luciano Fabro 1936–2007
Title
Clotheshanger of the North
Attacapanno del nord
Date 1981
Medium Textile, copper and Velcro
Dimensions Displayed: 3120 x 1700 x 1600 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 2005
Reference
T12003
Not on display

Display caption

Fabro visited Naples in 1976 and was taken by the colourful clothes hanging on washing lines. Prompted by this everyday source, but also thinking about baroque folds and sunset colours, he began a series of works called the Attaccapanni or ‘Clotheshangers’. Brightly painted fabrics are hung from different railings – in this case, a structure made of bronze cast twigs. Fabro explores the relationship of light and colour since the change in the material’s appearance is as much a result of shadow as of changing tones of paint.

April 2009

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