William Turnbull b. 1922
T01389 Butt 1966
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.