William Turnbull

Butt

1966

Medium
Painted steel
Dimensions
Object: 559 x 1845 x 540 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Alistair McAlpine (later Lord McAlpine of West Green) 1970
Reference
T01389

Catalogue entry

William Turnbull b. 1922

T01389 Butt 1966

Not inscribed.
Steel, painted green, 22 x 72¿ x 21¼ (56 x 184.5 x 54).
Presented by Alistair McAlpine 1971.
Exh: The. Alistair McAlpine Gift, Tate Gallery, June–August 1971 (54, repr. in colour).
Lit: Richard Morphet, in catalogue of The Alistair McAlpine Gift, Tate Gallery, 1971, pp. 106–21.

T01389 resulted from laying a unit identical to those used in ‘5 x 1’ (T01390) on its side. With the long U-beam lying at an angle, the sculpture had the romantic connotations of a fallen column in a ruin. The simple expedient of repeating the plate at one end of the beam at the other ‘free’ end, removed the rhetorical element. The more emotionally neutral quality of the suspended regular horizontal brought into stronger unison the interdependent expressive and formal aspects of the work.

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

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