Robert TherrienNo Title (Table and Four Chairs) 2003

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Robert Therrien (born 1947)
No Title (Table and Four Chairs)
Date 2003
MediumAluminium, steel, wood and plastic
Dimensionsdisplayed: 8920 x 14850 mm object, each (Chair): 2860 x 1430 x 1730 mm object (Table): 2690 x 4685 x 3620 mm
Acquisition ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
Not on display


No Title (Table and Four Chairs) is a multi-part sculpture of a dining room set, enlarged to three times its original size. It consists of five objects: one table and four chairs, which are arranged around the respective sides of the table, drawn out slightly to leave a space in each case between the table edge and chair leg. The colossal sculpture stands over ten feet high, tall enough for viewers to walk easily beneath its vast expanse. Although the sculpture mimics the wooden construction of a typical dining room set, it is created with a mixture of aluminium, steel, wood and plastic. The surfaces have been painted with a wood grain effect finish.

Since the 1990s Therrien has created oversized sculptures of utilitarian objects in primary colours or in black or white. The objects he chooses are usually basic in form, including, for example, chairs, tables, plates, bowls and oil cans. It is an important feature of the work that the objects as well as their form and function are easily recognisable. Rather than inventing the style of his furniture, Therrien models many of his sculptures on simple designs from the early to mid-twentieth century… (read more)

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