Naum Gabo

Model for ‘Torsion’


Not on display

Naum Gabo 1890–1977
Object: 89 × 95 × 95 mm
Presented by the artist 1977

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Many of Gabo's sculptures first appeared as tiny models. They were often projects for monumental public schemes, rarely achieved, in which sculpture and architecture came together. His proposal that Monument for an Airport could be used to advertise Imperial Airways, as either a desk display or an outdoor sculpture, was never realised. Model for 'Torsion', however, was eventually translated into a large fountain outside St Thomas' Hospital in London. Gabo's increasing concern, from the late 1930s, with the aesthetic aspect of his work at the expense of the industrial can be seen in Model for 'Construction in Space "Crystal"'.

Gallery label, August 2004

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Catalogue entry

Naum Gabo 1890-1977

T02171 Model for 'Torsion' c.1929

Not inscribed
Plastic, 3 1/2 x 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 (8.9 x 9.5 x 9.5)
Presented by the artist 1977
Exh: Naum Gabo: The Constructive Process, Tate Gallery, November 1976-January 1977 (34) as 'Model for "Torsion" ' 1929

See the note on T02146.

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, p.240, reproduced p.240

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