Walter Leblanc

Torsions, CO 459

1974

Artist
Walter Leblanc 1932–1986
Medium
Canvas and latex paint
Dimensions
Object: 1790 x 1200 x 10 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by The Walter and Nicole Leblanc Foundation 2017
Reference
T14981

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Leblanc claimed that ‘giving a third dimension to the surface was a constant concern’. In 1959, he began using torsion, twisting materials to catch and reflect light. His artworks challenge the limitations of two-dimensional painting by creating a sense of movement. In the 1960s, Leblanc exhibited with Zero, a group of international artists who made black and white works free from individual expression. Later, Leblanc started creating optical effects using colour. Torsions, CO 459 is made up of two canvases painted white on one side and black on the other. Leblanc slashed each canvas vertically before twisting these strips of canvas to reveal glimpses of a purple backing board.

Gallery label, August 2018

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