David Annesley

Big Ring


Not on display

David Annesley born 1936
Painted steel
Object: 1822 × 2683 × 457 mm
Presented by Alistair McAlpine (later Lord McAlpine of West Green) 1970

Catalogue entry

David Annesley b. 1936

T01344 Big Ring 1965

Not inscribed.
Painted steel, 71¿ x 106¿ x 18 (182.5 x 270 x 45.5).
Presented by Alistair McAlpine 1971.
Exh: Waddington Galleries, March-April 1966; Junge Generation Grossbritannien, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, April-June 1968 (David Anneslcy 4); The Alistair McAlpine Gif’t, Tate Gallery, June-August 1971 (6, repr.).

Lit: Anne Seymour, in catalogue of The Alistair McAlpine Gift, 1971, pp. 37–48.

Annesley has never expanded his work beyond human scale. The biggest Ring sculptures from the late sixties are based on his own size arms-spread. A piece one step up, where the centre of the circle would be at eye-level giving a diameter of over eleven feet, was planned but never executed; it seemed more important to convey size by illusion than actually.

T01344 is one of an edition of 3. Another copy is in the collection of the Leicester Education Authority.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1970–1972, London 1972.

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