Isaac Witkin b. 1936
T01393 Vermont I 1965
Painted steel, 36½ x 101¿ x 67½ (93 x 258.5 x 171.5).
Presented by Alistair McAlpine 1971.
Exh: Junge Generation Grossbritannien, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, April–June 1968 (Witkin 2, repr.); The Alistair McAlpine Gift, Tate Gallery, June-August 1971 (58, repr.).
Lit: Michael Compton, in catalogue of The Alistair Ale Alpine Gift, 1971, pp. 123-6.
‘Vermont I’ was first made in fibreglass and resin: the artist laid this material over a mould to form a layer which was then lifted oft” and worked up to the intended finish. He subsequently remade the work in sheet steel; the medium bends only in two dimensional curves. Witkin achieved the corrugated forms of the sculpture through applying rollers to the sheet. In conversation in January 1971 he said that he preferred the springy, resistant nature of this material to the inert resins of fibre-glass. Since ‘Vermont I’ he has always worked in steel. The work is painted red and green. ‘Vermont I’ was followed by ‘Vermont II’ ‘III’ and ‘IV’…