Naum Gabo
Spiral Theme 1941

Artwork details

Artist
Naum Gabo 1890–1977
Title
Spiral Theme
Date 1941
Medium Cellulose acetate and Perspex
Dimensions Object: 140 x 244 x 244 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Miss Madge Pulsford 1958
Reference
T00190
Not on display

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When Spiral Theme was shown in wartime London, it was greeted with popular acclaim. The transparent planes build upon and reveal the sections below, suggesting emergence and growth. The critic Herbert Read hailed it as 'the highest point ever reached by the aesthetic intuition of man'. Gabo confessed: 'It is still a mystery and puzzle to me as to what precisely it is ... that has moved their hearts.'

December 2000

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