Catalogue entry

Naum Gabo 1890-1977

T02177 Model for 'Construction through a Plane' c.1935-7

Not inscribed
Plastic, 6 x 6 x 1 1/4 (15.2 x 15.2 x 3.1)
Presented by the artist 1977
Exh: Naum Gabo: The Constructive Process, Tate Gallery, November 1976-January 1977 (58, repr.) as 'Model for "Construction on a Plane" ' c.1935-7

A model for the construction reproduced in Herbert Read and Leslie Martin, Gabo: Constructions, Sculpture, Paintings, Drawings, Engravings (London 1957), pls.57 and 58 as 'Construction on a Plane' 1937 which exists in three versions, all the same size (48 x 48cm square): two like this with a black centre in the collections of Sir Leslie Martin, Cambridge, and Mrs Miriam Gabo, and one (said by Mrs Gabo to be later) with a white centre, which was acquired by the Guggenheim Museum, New York, in 1947. One of those with a black centre was reproduced in the catalogue of the exhibition Living Art in England at the London Gallery, London, in January-February 1939 which included two works by Gabo: 'Construction through a Plane' 1935-7 and 'Construction in Space' 1938. The reproduction was entitled 'Construction' 1938, but this appears to have been a mistake. A work entitled 'Construction through a Plane' 1935-7 also figured in his one-man exhibition at the London Gallery in January 1938.

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.245, reproduced p.245