T00826 Spheric Theme c.1960
Phosphor bronze, 36 1/4 x 26 1/4 x 28 1/2 (92 x 66.8 x 72.4) on wooden base
Purchased from Mrs Miriam Gabo through the Marlborough-Gerson Gallery, New York (Grant-in-Aid) 1966
Exh: Naum Gabo, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, April-June 1965 (p21) as 'Spheric Theme' c.1960; Kunsthalle, Mannheim, June-August 1965 (20, repr.); Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Museum, Duisburg, August-October 1965 (20, repr.); Kunsthaus, Zurich, October-December 1965 (20, repr.); Den inre och den yttre Rymden, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, January-February 1966 (78, repr.); Naum Gabo, Tate Gallery, March-April 1966 (25, repr.) as 'Bronze Spheric Theme'; Naum Gabo: The Constructive Process, Tate Gallery, November 1976-January 1977 (56, repr.)
Lit: Herbert Read and Leslie Martin, Gabo: Constructions, Sculpture, Paintings, Drawings, Engravings (London 1957), note accompanying pls.64 and 65
This is an enlarged version of the 'Spheric Theme' which had interested Gabo since 1936-7 (see the note on T02173). It is a unique piece, but was followed some years later by five versions of monumental proportions, each about 250cm high. The first, made for the Munch-Museet in Oslo, is in architectural steel, with stainless steel springs. The others are all in stainless steel and belong (in the order they were made) to the Nationalgalerie, Berlin; New York State, Albany, New York; Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey; and Mrs. Gabo.
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, p.261, reproduced p.261