Naum Gabo Two Cubes (Demonstrating the Stereometric Method) 1930

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Artist
Naum Gabo 1890–1977
Title
Two Cubes (Demonstrating the Stereometric Method)
Date 1930
Medium Painted wood
Dimensions Object: 305 x 305 x 305 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1977
Reference
T02166

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Gabo used this work to illustrate his essay ‘Sculpture: Carving and Construction in Space’ in the anthology Circle. The two cubes show two ways of defining space in sculpture – one uses solid mass while the other expresses the form’s ‘inner space’. The latter was the key concept behind Gabo’s constructions; he sought to make the space occupied by an object visible without enclosing it. ‘Inner space’ was an example of what Gabo called the ‘Constructive idea’, where the boundaries between the object and the artist’s perceptions of that object were dissolved, so that ‘art becomes reality’.

April 2012

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