Sue Fuller String Composition 128 1964

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Artwork details

Artist
Sue Fuller 1914 – 2006
Title
String Composition 128
Date 1964
Medium Plastic threads, wood, fabric and metal
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 914 x 914 x 38 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Emerson Crocker through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1965
Reference
T00757
Not on display

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):

'STRING COMPOSITION No.128 IS

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

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