Naum Gabo 1890-1977
T02142 Circular Relief
Inscribed 'N. Gabo' on projecting plastic strip on wooden base
Plastic on circular wooden backing, 19 5/8 x 19 5/8 x 9 (50 x 50 x 23), including backing
Presented by the artist 1977
Exh: [?Gabo: konstruktive Plastik, Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hanover, November 1930 (18) as 'Sphärische Konstruktion' 1927] ; Abstract and Concrete, St Giles, Oxford, February 1936 (6 or 7, both entitled 'Construction in Relief'); School of Architecture, Liverpool, March 1936 (no catalogue); Lefevre Gallery, London, April 1936 (39 or 41, both entitled 'Construction'); Cambridge Arts Club, May-June 1936 (no catalogue); Gabo-Pevsner, Museum of Modern Art, New York, February-April 1948 (works not numbered, repr.) as 'Circular Relief' 1925; Naum Gabo, Kunsthalle, Mannheim, June-August 1965 (5); Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Museum, Duisburg, August-October 1965 (5); Kunsthaus, Zurich, October-December 1965 (5, repr.); Den inre och den yttre Rymden, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, January-February 1966 (59); Naum Gabo: The Constructive Process, Tate Gallery, November 1976-January 1977 (22, repr.) as 'Circular Relief' 1925
Repr: Axis, No.5, Spring 1936, p.7 as 'Construction in Relief' 1925; Herbert Read and Leslie Martin, Gabo: Constructions, Sculpture, Paintings, Drawings, Engravings (London 1957), pls.32 and 33 as 'Circular Relief'
Though this relief has been dated 1925 from at least 1936 onwards, it may have been exhibited at the Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hanover, in 1930 as 'Spherical Construction' 1927. The artist confirmed that it was intended to be hung on a wall, with the long strut vertically downwards.
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.238-9, reproduced p.238