Naum Gabo Red Stone 1964–5

Artwork details

Artist
Naum Gabo 1890–1977
Title
Red Stone
Date 1964–5
Medium Stone
Dimensions Object: 210 x 410 x 460 mm, 70 kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1995
Reference
T06992
On loan to Centre Pompidou, Metz (Metz, France)

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Gabo is probably best known for his geometrical constructions in plastics and metals. But this unusual sculpture demonstrates his interest in more organic forms. It resembles a ridged shell, perhaps the curved spiral of an ammonite fossil. When Gabo lived in England from 1936-46, he spent much of his time with his friends, the artists Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth, at St Ives on the Cornish coast. He became a keen collector of stones and pebbles found during walks along the beach.

August 2004

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