T02152 Design for a Construction in a Niche 1918
Inscribed 'N. Gabo 1918' towards b.r. and in cyrillic 'N. Gabo 1918' c.r.
Pencil on paper, 9 5/8 x 7 5/8 (24.5 x 19.4)
Presented by the artist 1977
Exh: Naum Gabo: The Constructive Process, Tate Gallery, November 1976-January 1977 (9)
Repr: Herbert Read and Leslie Martin, Gabo: Constructions, Sculpture, Paintings, Drawings, Engravings (London 1957), pl.11 (this shows the drawing at the top right only); Alexei Pevsner, A Biographical Sketch of my Brothers Naum Gabo and Antoine Pevsner (Amsterdam 1964), p.25 as 'Drawing for a Constructed Niche' 1918, Moscow
See the note on T02151. This study has some similarity to a relief in plastic and wood reproduced in Herbert Read and Leslie Martin, Gabo: Constructions, Sculpture, Paintings, Drawings, Engravings (London 1957), pl.18 as 'Construction en Creux' 1921. The first version in painted cardboard (which no longer exists) was included in his open-air exhibition in the Tverskoi Boulevard, Moscow, in August 1920 and was therefore made somewhat earlier.
There is a second, very sketchy drawing at the bottom left of the sheet, possibly an idea for a curved relief, and a further pencil sketch for a relief on the verso signed in cyrillic 'N. Gabo', with a now more or less indecipherable inscription in Russian.
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.232-3, reproduced pp.232 (recto) and 233 (verso)