Naum Gabo
Linear Construction No. 1 1942–3

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Naum Gabo 1890–1977
Linear Construction No. 1
Date 1942–3
Medium Perspex and nylon
Dimensions Object: 349 x 349 x 89 mm
Acquisition Presented by Miss Madge Pulsford 1958
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1940

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Russian-born constructivist Naum Gabo first came to England in 1935, and spent the war years in Cornwall. It was there, near St Ives, that he began to use nylon filament in his sculpture. Space and time remained Gabo’s main artistic preoccupations and with his sculpture he aimed to produce a self-contained object that would suggest the universal and infinite. Writing of Gabo’s work, the critic Herbert Read said that it hovered ‘between the visible and the invisible, the material and the immaterial’, becoming ‘the crystallization of the purest sensibility’.

September 2016

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