Naum Gabo Cover Design for a Portfolio of Prints c.1975

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Artist
Naum Gabo 1890–1977
Title
Cover Design for a Portfolio of Prints
Date c.1975
Medium Wax crayon, print and stencil on paper
Dimensions Support: 511 x 432 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1977
Reference
T02165
Not on display

Catalogue entry

Naum Gabo 1890-1977

T02165 Cover Design for a Portfolio of Prints c.1975

Inscribed 'N. Gabo' b.r. and stamped with monogram 'NG' b.r.
Wax crayons, printing ink and stencil on paper, 20 1/8 x 17 (51.2 x 43)
Presented by the artist 1977
Lit: Michael Mazur, 'The Monoprints of Naum Gabo' in Print Collector's Newsletter, IX, No.s, 1978, pp.148-51

Gabo's intention was to produce a number of portfolios (an edition of 25), each containing one monoprint taken from each of the twelve blocks he engraved between 1950 and 1973. From about 1970 on, he was mainly concerned with the presentation of the portfolio, but rejected so many plans that the project was still unrealised and in a preliminary state at the time of his death.

Mrs Gabo wrote that this cover design was intended to be executed in leather on leather. However Naum Gabo did not like the trial one and had in mind to discard it in favour of a plainer cover (letter of 17 August 1977).

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, p.267, reproduced p.267

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