Susan Rothenberg
Vertical Spin 1986–7

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Susan Rothenberg born 1945
Vertical Spin
Date 1986–7
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 3308 x 2860 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Patrons of New Art through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1987
Not on display

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'Vertical Spin' is from a series of twelve paintings on the theme of spinning figures made by the artist over a period of two and a half years. The painting depicts a dancer leaping into the air with the figure visible at various stages of the leap. The artist has said that she tries 'to break down and record the conceivable placements and changes of the body on its way up, and into an airborne spin. This imagined projection of movement in time and space met the same obstacles a dancer would know in trying to defy gravity. A dancer cannot spin in the air forever, and a painter can't make literal movement or actual space.'

September 2004

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