Naum GaboModel for 'Construction in Space 'Crystal'' 1937

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Artist
Naum Gabo (1890‑1977)
Title
Model for 'Construction in Space 'Crystal''
Date 1937
MediumCellulose acetate
Dimensionsobject: 76 x 76 x 38 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1977
Reference
T02179
Not on display

Summary

During Naum Gabo’s stay in London between March 1936 and the start of the Second World War in September 1939, he produced a series of important works in plastic, including Construction in Space (Crystal), Construction on a Line 1935-7 (Tate T03054) and Construction in Space with Crystalline Centre 1938-40 (Tate T06977). Where Gabo’s earlier sculptures incorporated a diversity of materials and tones, these works were made of clear plastics, achieving a new degree of conceptual purity. Construction in Space (Crystal) was the first work entirely made from transparent planes, an elegant formal solution to the challenge which Gabo had set himself twenty years earlier, that of expressing the dynamic interior of objects… (read more)

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