Naum GaboModel for 'Construction in Space with Crystalline Centre' 1938

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Artist
Naum Gabo (1890‑1977)
Title
Model for 'Construction in Space with Crystalline Centre'
Date 1938
MediumPlastic
Dimensionsobject: 102 x 156 x 57 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1977
Reference
T02180
Not on display

Summary

During Naum Gabo’s stay in London, from March 1936 to September 1939, and then at Carbis Bay in Cornwall during the Second World War, he produced a series of important works in plastic, including Construction on a Line, 1935-7 (Tate T03054), Construction in Space (Crystal), 1937-9 (Tate T06978) and Construction in Space with Crystalline Centre. 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 with Crystalline Centre, made entirely from transparent planes, provided 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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