William Tucker b. 1935
T01377 Orpheus 2 1965
Painted aluminium, 30¼ x 79 x 79 (77 x 200.5 x 200.5).
Presented by Alistair McAlpine 1971.
Coll: Mrs Shenkman.
Exh: Rowan Gallery, May 1966 (3); The Alistair McAlpine Gift, Tate Gallery,
June–August 1971 (41, repr.).
Lit: Richard Morphet, in catalogue of The Alistair McAlpine Gift, 1971, pp. 89–105.
T01377 is one of an edition of three. Another version is in the collection of the Galleria dell'Ariete, Milan.
Like the ‘Meru’ series, ‘Orpheus II’ is constructed around an empty space, a practice Tucker first employed in 1963 and continues to extend. Where in ‘Margin I’ he aimed to articulate space with volume, in and after’ Margin II’ he aimed to do so by increasingly economical and essentially linear means. Both ‘Orpheus’ sculptures are based on a motif of four discs joined at a central point. In ‘Orpheus I’ the form stands on the ground on two of its protrusions, and is constructed from separated three-dimensional white segments penetrated and linked by flat metal sheets in pale lavender…