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ID number:  BIRBI-2017.3
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Gabo, Naum (1890-1977)
Title / Object name:  Linear Construction in Space No.1
Object type:  Sculpture
Place made:  St Ives, England
Culture:  Russian
Date made:  1942/43
Materials:  Perspex, with Nylon Monofilament
Measurements:  21 x 21 x 7 cm
Provenance:  Bought from the artist around 1944 by Jack Pritchard, London; 1963 Marlborough Fine Art, London; 4 February 2003, Lot 352, Christie's, London; London; Private Collection, Switzerland; Offer, Waterman & Co, London; Private Collection, USA via Ben Elwes Ltd.. Purchased 2017 from Ben Elwes Fine Art, London, with the help of the Art Fund and the Victoria and Albert Purchase Grant Scheme

An engineer by training, Gabo here uses materials that were new at the time, such as Perspex, to create an illusion of a continuous curving form - and a work of ethereal beauty. This is the first sculpture in which he used stringing and nylon filament as a means of defining space and creating movement. The Russian-born artist made it when he was living in St Ives, Cornwall. Always at the forefront of avant-garde art, Gabo sought to produce objects that 'appeal more to our minds and our feelings than to our crude physical senses'. This work was probably modelled on a prototype made for an unrealised public sculpture to be sited near a textile factory, in celebration of skilled workers harnessing modern industrial technology.

Inscriptions / Translations:  None

Notes:  Plinth measurements: 1.8 x 28.3 x 14.5 cm

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