William Tucker

Anabasis I

1964

On display at Tate Britain

Medium
Plastic and Perspex
Dimensions
Object: 1492 x 1099 x 213 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1970
Reference
T01200

Display caption

Anabasis I was included in the 1965 New Generation sculpture exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery that heralded a new approach, using playful abstract shapes, bright colour and made from new materials such as fibreglass and Perspex, freed from the need for a plinth. Such sculpture was physically part of the contemporary world but also self-contained and non-associative. Anabasis I shows the successive mutation of an interlocking simple cruciform shape: an edged yet curvilinear cross volume interlocks with a rounded version of the same form and finally with a transparent Perspex sheet cut to a plan of the previous form.

Gallery label, September 2016

Catalogue entry

William Tucker b. 1935

T01200 Anabasis I 1964

Not inscribed.
Plastic and perspex, 58¾ x 43¼ x 8¿ (149 x 110 x 21.5).
Purchased from Kasmin Ltd. (Grant-in-Aid) 1970.
Coll: Alan Power.
Exh: New Generation, Whitechapel Art Gallery, March–April 1965 (27, repr.).
Lit: Richard Morphet, in catalogue of The Alistair McAlpine Gift, 1971, p. 98.

Both ‘Anabasis’ sculptures done in 1964 were shown in the New Generation exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1970–1972, London 1972.

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