Richard WentworthDip 1985

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Artist
Richard Wentworth (born 1947)
Title
Dip
Date 1985
MediumSteel and soap
Dimensionsdisplayed:600x605x35mm weight:2kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Carol and Neville Conrad 2001.
Reference
T07765
Not on display

Summary

Dip is a wall-hung sculpture that comprises a single sheet of galvanised steel which has been cut into an ellipse and pierced by three differently shaped holes. The work hangs from a single clout nail, which is visible through the small, circular hole at the top of the steel sheet. Two other elliptical holes penetrate the work, one of which is plugged by an old-fashioned bar of soap. The title employs the kind of linguistic ambiguity that has delighted Wentworth throughout his career, and demonstrates his longstanding preference for what he refers to as ‘short, sharp, single-syllable, Anglo Saxon’ words (quoted in unpublished correspondence with a Tate curator, April 2003)… (read more)

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