Claire Falkenstein Point as a Set No. 26 1970–71

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Artist
Title
Point as a Set No. 26
Date 1970–71
Medium Copper and silver on wooden base
Dimensions Object: 762 x 762 x 762 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1970
Reference
T01228
Not on display

Catalogue entry

Claire Falkenstein born 1909 [- 1997]

T01228 Point as a Set No. 26 1970-1

Not inscribed
Copper and silver, 30 x 30 x 30 (76.2 x 76.2 x 76.2) on wooden base
Presented by the artist in memory of Sir Herbert Read 1971
Repr: exh. catalogue Claire Falkenstein, Polly Friedlander Gallery, Seattle, January-February 1974

This sculpture is made out of copper tubing formed into U-shaped sections. The artist states (letter of 5 April 1971) that it was made in her studio in Venice, Los Angeles, in 1970-1 and was up to that date the latest piece of this series. Number 25 has been placed at the entrance to the University of Los Angeles in Los Angeles.

She then contributed the following statement about the theme:

'THE THEORY OF SETS: POINT AS A SET

'The unit of the letter "U" or parts thereof are grouped into structures which become part of the whole, or from the "sign" to the "ensemble". POINT AS A SET refers to the language of mathematics, and thus to under-surface relations in nature.

'My POINT AS A SET series may be considered a continuation rather than a repetition of an idea. Though structurally similar, each work varies in size, configuration and expression: from six inches to six feet; from a sphere to an ovoid; from happy, open curving lyricism to ominous, closed, hard-edged density.

'When one contemplates this work, energy seems to flow through the space intervals between the copper boundaries. Moving from interval to interval, from the interior to the exterior. The "POINT" is composed of contiguous "sets". And, from the observer's interior, a visceral communication is resolved in total involvement. The observer should have re-enacted in himself the meaning of the structure.'

Published in:
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.213-14, reproduced p.213

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