Naum Gabo Torsion 1928–36

Artwork details

Artist
Naum Gabo 1890–1977
Title
Torsion
Date 1928–36
Medium Perspex
Dimensions Object: 352 x 410 x 400 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1977
Reference
T02146
Not on display

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In his constructions, Gabo sought to create a sense of a defined space without enclosing or delimiting it. Radically, he used transparent materials to achieve this. Part of the ideology of his constructivism was that individual works could be made numerous times in different sizes and from different materials. This piece was conceived in 1928 but the actual object was constructed in London in 1936 using Perspex, a new material that was clearer and more malleable than others. In late years Gabo used the same form for a fountain that can be seen on the south bank of the Thames opposite the Houses of Parliament.

May 2007

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