Naum GaboModel for the Baltimore 'Construction Suspended in Space' 1950

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Naum Gabo (1890‑1977)
Model for the Baltimore 'Construction Suspended in Space'
Date 1950
Dimensionsobject: 216 x 51 x 51 mm
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1977
Not on display

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Naum Gabo 1890-1977

T02182 Model for the Baltimore 'Construction suspended in Space' 1950

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Plastic in two sections, 8 1/2 x 2 x 2 (21.5 x 5.1 x 5.1) and 1/16 x 5 1/2 x 4 1/8 (0.2 x 14 x 10.4)
Presented by the artist 1977
Exh: Naum Gabo: The Constructive Process, Tate Gallery, November 1976-January 1977 (74)
Lit: Baltimore Museum of Art News, XV, October 1951, pp.1-2; ibid., November 1951, p.51; ibid., December 1951, pp.3-4; Naum Gabo, 'A New Construction for Baltimore' in Magazine of Art, XLV, 1952, pp.71-4

A model for the hanging construction 'Construction suspended in Space' made for a new wing of the Baltimore Museum of Art, donated by Mrs Saidie A. May as a centre for children's art activities. The site is a three-story stairwell where the stairs provide the only means of communication between the three floors. Gabo was asked originally to make a kinetic sculpture, but decided that this would lead to interference with movement up and down the stairs and that it would be better to make a sculpture which might actually take advantage of the movement of the spectators… (read more)

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