Catalogue entry

Naum Gabo 1890-1977

T02179 Model for 'Construction in Space "Crystal" ' 1937

Not inscribed
Plastic, 3 x 3 x 1 1/2 (7.6 x 7.6 x 3.8)
Presented by the artist 1977
Exh: Naum Gabo: The Constructive Process, Tate Gallery, November 1976-January 1977 (62)
Lit: Herbert Read and Leslie Martin, Gabo: Constructions, Sculpture, Paintings, Drawings, Engravings (London 1957), p.183, note on pl.52

Model for a construction which exists in five larger versions: three 22 x 22cm owned by Arthur Duckworth, near Frome, Vassar College Museum, Poughkeepsie, New York, and Mrs Miriam Gabo, and two 57 x 57cm, including one which belongs to the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island. One of these was reproduced in Architect and Building News, CLIII, 21 January 1938, p.87 as in the current exhibition of Gabo's work at the London Gallery, probably as catalogue no.16 'Construction in Space' 1937.

The version belonging to Mr Duckworth is inscribed and dated on the base: 'NO.1 | TO MR DUCKWORTH | MADE BY MYSELF | N.GABO | 9.6.37'. It is not clear whether this means that it was the first version on a larger scale.

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.247, reproduced p.247