Isaac Witkin

Angola I


Not on display

Isaac Witkin 1936–2006
Painted steel
Object: 1937 × 2419 × 851 mm
Purchased 1968

Catalogue entry

Isaac Witkin 1936-2006

T01025 Angola I 1966

Not inscribed.
Painted steel, 76¼ x 95¼ x 33½ (193.5 x 242 x 85).
Purchased from the artist through the Waddington Gallery (Knapping Fund) 1968.
Exh: 8 Young Sculptors, British Council tour: Kunsthalle, Berne, February–April 1967 (59, repr.); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, April-May 1967 (25, repr.); Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, June-July 1967 (24).

‘Angola I’ is the first of an edition of three. It was fabricated by the artist and is the model for the other two. The artist wrote (undated letter, June 1968) that ‘A sculpture called Angola II is in existence in an edition of three – all these editions are in private collections in the U.S.A. This piece differs from Angola I in that the proportions are somewhat altered and that there is an inclusion of an additional element onto the top half of the work. This version is unpainted having been left in the natural material – Corten steel…’

‘The work is an interlocking of two basic rhythmic elements – the rectilinear and the curvilinear achieved in terms of structure and colour. It explores open and closed form with an implication of volume achieved by surface alone.

‘I regard this work as a key piece in my development. The formal implications were such that I have subsequently been prompted to resolve the problem more fully in four more pieces and still feel there is more to do’.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1967–1968, London 1968.


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