Keith Milow

Cross II

1979–80

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Artist
Keith Milow born 1945
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
Object: 1170 x 880 x 305 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1991
Reference
T05876

Not on display

Display caption

Keith Milow lived and worked in London before moving in 1980 to New York where he now lives. Milow is already represented in the Tate's collection by three earlier works including 'Eightieth Cross' 1978. This latter work is made in shuttered concrete, a material which in its deadened surface contrasts sharply with the reflective bronze employed in 'Cross II'. The purchase of 'Cross II' shows not only that Milow worked in different materials within the series but that the materials themselves can suggest different readings of the meaning of the work. A comparison of the two works suggests the range of formal permutations to which Milow subjected the basic cross shape.

Gallery label, August 2004