Sue Fuller

String Composition 128


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Plastic threads, wood, fabric and metal
Unconfirmed: 914 x 914 x 38 mm
Presented by Emerson Crocker through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1965

Catalogue entry

Sue Fuller born 1914

T00757 String Composition No.128 1964

Inscribed '# 128' b.l. and '(c) Sue Fuller '64' b.r. (both scratched on the frame)
Construction of plastic threads with wood, cloth and integral metal frame, 36 x 36 x 1 1/2 (91.5 x 91.5 x 4)
Presented by Emerson Crocker through the American Federation of Arts 1965
Prov: Emerson Crocker, Elgin, Illinois (purchased from the artist through the Bertha Schaefer Gallery for presentation)
Exh: Sue Fuller, Bertha Schaefer Gallery, New York, May-June 1965 (no catalogue)
Repr: Michael Compton, Optical and Kinetic Art (London 1967), pl.6; Cyril Barrett, An Introduction to Optical Art (London 1971), p.144

The artist wrote of this (letter of 30 November 1965):


a linear geometric progression
a construction

a line drawing
in a 20th century medium
plastic monofilament.

as old as the human race
a drawing in string
a cat's cradle
cf Kathleen Haddon Cambridge
W. W. Rouse Ball Oxford

as timeless as a linear
geometric progression

as immanent as space travel

the expanding universe'

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.228-9, reproduced p.228