Naum Gabo

Construction in a Niche

1930

Medium
Plastic, cork, metal and wood
Dimensions
Object: 610 x 279 x 584 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the artist 1977
Reference
T02145

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This construction is an enlargement of the left-hand section in Model for 'Double Relief in a Niche' (1929-30). Despite its mechanistic appearance, it was designed for a domestic setting, though the project was never realised. Gabo's works for niches developed from his early interest in sculptures that extended across the actual space of a room, which he shared with such Russian artists as Vladimir Tatlin. Here, the curved and rigid forms define the space within and beyond the box.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

Naum Gabo 1890-1977

T02145 Construction in a Niche 1930

Inscribed 'GABO' on wooden backing
Plastic, metals and cork set into wooden box, 24 x 11 x 23 (61 x 28 x 58.5)
Presented by the artist 1977
Exh: Gabo: konstruktive Plastik, Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hanover, November 1930 (20) as 'Konstruktive Raumgestaltung für eine Wandnische' 1930; Constructions by N. Gabo, London Gallery, London, January 1938 (5) as 'Constructive Treatment for an Interior Niche' 1930; Gabo: Constructions in Space, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, March 1938 (5) as 'Constructive Treatment for an Interior Niche' 1930; Gabo-Pevsner, Museum of Modern Art, New York, February-April 1948 (works not numbered) as 'Construction in a Niche' 1930; Naum Gabo: The Constructive Process, Tate Gallery, November 1976-January 1977 (27) as 'In a Niche' 1928-9
Repr: Herbert Read and Leslie Martin, Gabo: Constructions, Sculpture, Paintings, Drawings, Engravings (London 1957), p.42 as 'Construction in a Niche' 1930

This is an enlargement of the left-hand section of 'Model for "Double-Relief in a Niche" ' (T02170).

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.241-2, reproduced p.241


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