Naum Gabo

Construction in a Niche


Not on display

Naum Gabo 1890–1977
Plastic, cork, metal and wood
Object: 610 × 279 × 584 mm
Presented by the artist 1977

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This construction is an enlargement of the left-hand section in Model for 'Double Relief in a Niche' (1929-30). Despite its mechanistic appearance, it was designed for a domestic setting, though the project was never realised. Gabo's works for niches developed from his early interest in sculptures that extended across the actual space of a room, which he shared with such Russian artists as Vladimir Tatlin. Here, the curved and rigid forms define the space within and beyond the box.

Gallery label, August 2004

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Catalogue entry

Naum Gabo 1890-1977

T02145 Construction in a Niche 1930

Inscribed 'GABO' on wooden backing
Plastic, metals and cork set into wooden box, 24 x 11 x 23 (61 x 28 x 58.5)
Presented by the artist 1977
Exh: Gabo: konstruktive Plastik, Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hanover, November 1930 (20) as 'Konstruktive Raumgestaltung für eine Wandnische' 1930; Constructions by N. Gabo, London Gallery, London, January 1938 (5) as 'Constructive Treatment for an Interior Niche' 1930; Gabo: Constructions in Space, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, March 1938 (5) as 'Constructive Treatment for an Interior Niche' 1930; Gabo-Pevsner, Museum of Modern Art, New York, February-April 1948 (works not numbered) as 'Construction in a Niche' 1930; Naum Gabo: The Constructive Process, Tate Gallery, November 1976-January 1977 (27) as 'In a Niche' 1928-9
Repr: Herbert Read and Leslie Martin, Gabo: Constructions, Sculpture, Paintings, Drawings, Engravings (London 1957), p.42 as 'Construction in a Niche' 1930

This is an enlargement of the left-hand section of 'Model for "Double-Relief in a Niche" ' (T02170).

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.241-2, reproduced p.241


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