William TuckerGuardian IV 1983

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Artist
William Tucker (born 1935)
Title
Guardian IV
Date 1983
MediumBronze
Dimensionsobject: 1940 x 700 x 750 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by Tom Bendhem 2003
Reference
T07982
Not on display

Summary

This is one of a group of four Guardian sculptures Tucker completed in 1983. It is a monolithic structure comprising an upright vertical section supported on a roughly square-shaped foot. This is echoed by a smaller overhanging projection at the top, extending at right angles so that the form may be read, in simplistic terms, as a square bracket. The bronze surface has a crudely modelled texture and is patinated to appear dark brown. It is an unique cast. Bronze maquettes in an edition of six were created in 1984.

The Guardian sculptures mark a significant turning point in Tucker’s practice, both in his technique and his choice of subject… (read more)

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