William Tucker b. 1935
T01380 Series A (No. I) 1968–1969
Painted fibreglass, 21¾ x 91 x 73¼ (55.5 x 231 x 186).
Exh: Kasmin Gallery, May 1969; The Alistair Ale McAlpine Gift, Tate Gallery, June–August 1971 (44, repr. in colour).
Lit: Richard Morphet, in catalogue of The Alistair McAlpine Gift, 1971 pp. 89–105.
T01380 is a unique piece.
Tucker’s principal works in 1966 were the ‘Four Part Sculptures’. In each of these, four identical cylinders were arranged in a different permutation, and laid close, and parallel, to the ground. In one piece the cylinders were laid parallel in a solid rank, their edges touching, while in another they formed a hollow square. In some works of 1967, transitional to the more complex ‘series A’ sculptures of 1968–9, the four cylinders, enlarged, become two rectilinear crosses. Each work in ‘series A’ employs, twice, a single form consisting of one long cylinder through which two shorter cylinders pass at right angles…