William Tucker b. 1935
T01373 Margin II 1963
Painted aluminium 52¼ x 62 x 22¾ (133 x 157.5 x 56).
Presented by Alistair McAlpine 1971. Exh: Rowan Gallery, July 1963 (9); The Alistair McAlpine Gift, Tate Gallery, June–August 1971 (37, repr.).
Lit: Richard Morphet, in catalogue of The Alistair McAlpine Gift, 1971, pp. 89–105.
‘Margin II’ is a unique piece.
In ‘Margin II’ and ‘Unfold’ by the two acts of folding a thin flat metal sheet once and painting it in two clearly-defined colour areas, Tucker made the two most illusionistic sculptures in this selection of his work. The folds are decisive, yet the outlines are so drawn as to minimise any sense of disruption in the line at the point of the fold, so that the shape as a whole reads from numerous angles as a credible flat drawing. Equally, though the colour is not modulated and its boundaries are sharp and flat, its effect (which includes reflection in ‘Margin II’ and the illusion of a third colour in ‘Unfold’) is to imply types of modelling…