Martin Naylor
Study for ‘Discarded Sweater’ 1973

Artwork details

Martin Naylor born 1944
Study for ‘Discarded Sweater’
Date 1973
Medium Graphite, ink and acrylic on paper mounted onto board
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 295 x 380 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1997
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This is one of a group of eight working drawings (Tate Gallery T07304-11) for Discarded Sweater (1973, Tate Gallery T07275). The sketches show, variously, the sweater with and without a cut-out square patch, and the added elements of the frame and the post. Jeremy Lewison, in his essay for the 1986 Arts Council show (p.31), writes that Naylor's art 'is created out of the agony of the relationship which he wishes to terminate. In this respect he is both supplicant and saint, tormentor and martyr'. This comment would seem to be supported by the artist's pencil notations on the sketches. On one sketch he writes: 'Ruthless abandonment, Shedding skins, Discard as with unwanted friends or lovers'; on another: 'personal clothing metaphor, An old sweater My sweater'.

Further reading:
Sandy Nairne and Nicholas Serota (eds.), British Sculpture in the Twentieth Century, exhibition catalogue, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London 1981, p.225
Martin Naylor: Between Discipline and Desire, Selected works 1977-86, exhibition catalogue, Arts Council, London 1986, reproduced p.6

Terry Riggs
October 1997

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