Naum Gabo Model for ‘Vertical Construction No. 1’ c.1964

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Artist
Naum Gabo 1890–1977
Title
Model for ‘Vertical Construction No. 1’
Date c.1964
Medium Bronze, stainless steel springs and plastic
Dimensions Object: 117 x 32 x 32 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1977
Reference
T02195
Not on display

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Naum Gabo 1890-1977

T02195 Model for 'Vertical Construction No.1' c.1964

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Bronze with stainless steel springs, 4 5/8 x 1 1/4 x 1 1/4 (11.6 x 3.3 x 3.3), excluding plastic base; height including base 5 (12.7) Presented by the artist 1977
Exh: Naum Gabo: The Constructive Process, Tate Gallery, November 1976-January 1977 (90)

A model for the sculpture 'Vertical Construction No.1', which exists in several versions. One 100.5cm high in phosphor bronze, with stainless steel springs, was included in the Gabo exhibition at the Tate Gallery in March-April 1966 (31, repr.) with the dates 1964-5, and is now in the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC; another the same size was sold at Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, on 2 May 1974, lot 290, repr. in colour. A further version twice the size, 203cm high, made in 1967, was in the Gabo exhibition at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, in 1968 (28). Charles Wilson, who was Gabo's assistant from March 1960 onwards, says that he remembers making altogether five full-size versions. Most of them differ from the model in having the forms subtly curved, and through the addition of a linear metal rib at front and back which extends the full height of the sculpture in an S curve and which introduces a new element of movement and rotation, but there is also at least one (the first to be made) which like this is without the metal ribs. 'Vertical Construction No.2' 1965-6 (sometimes known as 'Vertical and Kinetic Construction No.2') is rather similar to the versions with the ribs but has a revolving base.

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, pp.261-2, reproduced p.261

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