John Hoskin

Square Flat

1963

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Not on display

Artist
John Hoskin 1921–1990
Medium
Steel
Dimensions
Object: 990 x 1055 x 830 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Caroline Hoskin, the artist's daughter 1995
Reference
T06967

Display caption

During the 1950s Hoskin's sculptures made references to human, animal and insect forms. 'Square Flat' is a work from the early 1960s, a period which saw significant developments in Hoskin's approach. Other sculptors like Caro, Scott and King emphasised the abstract quality of their work. In contrast, Hoskin combined coloured, geometric forms with the animal and insect elements of his earlier phase. In 'Square Flat' a black, textured, crab-like leg is bolted to a flat, painted rectangular form. Such works mark a transition from the concerns of the 1950s to the abstract innovations of the 1960s.

Gallery label, September 2004

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