Derrick Woodham b. 1940
T01491 Assume, Concede 1964–65
Painted fibreglass and wood, 29 x 53 x 23 (73.5 x 134.5 x 58.5).
Purchased from the Richard Feigen Gallery, New York (Knapping Fund) 1971.
Repr: exh. cat. New Generation, Whitechapel Art Gallery, March–April 1965 (33, first version repr. in colour); Bryan Robertson, John Russell, Lord Snowdon, Private View, 1965, p. 262; Art Forum, III, No. 8, May 1965, p. 34 in colour.
This is the second of an edition of two. The first version is owned by the Peter Stuyvesant Foundation.
Derrick Woodham used both wood and fibreglass as materials for this sculpture, at a time when other sculptors of his generation were using only fibreglass. He told the compiler (letter of 25 April 1972): ‘Fibreglass was used as a final material whenever casting was necessary for the production of a part of the work. Where direct fabrication was possible wood was used. I was impressed by the idea of these materials being representative of the different production experiences, and felt that they heightened my awareness of the different formal interests involved while working on the piece. They provided me with the basis from which I developed the colours…