William TurnbullQueen 1987

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Artist
William Turnbull (1922‑2012)
Title
Queen
Date 1987
MediumBronze
Dimensionsobject: 1913 x 412 x 241 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1990
Reference
T05803
Not on display

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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.

August 2004

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