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