William Turnbull

Queen

1987

Artist
William Turnbull 1922–2012
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
Object: 1913 x 412 x 241 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1990
Reference
T05803

Not on display

Display caption

This sculpture, standing upright with its impassive surface, looks at first like an object of worship from an ancient culture. It is part of a series of severely minimal ‘Idol’ sculptures of the human form which Turnbull made over the course of several years.

Here the form is simplified to resemble a leaf or phallic shape, and breasts and genitals are suggested by formalised geometric incisions into the smooth surface of the work.

Gallery label, August 2004

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