Naum GaboHead No. 2 1916, enlarged version 1964

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Artist
Naum Gabo (1890‑1977)
Title
Head No. 2
Date 1916, enlarged version 1964
MediumSteel
Dimensionsobject: 1753 x 1340 x 1226 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1972
Reference
T01520
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Naum Gabo was associated with the Constructivists at the time of the Russian Revolution of 1917. They saw an artistic renewal as part of the revolution and embraced new scientific theories and industrial materials. A method known as 'stereometric construction' was central to Gabo's work, by which form was achieved through the description of space rather than the establishment of mass. He declared in 1920: 'we take four planes and we construct with them the same volume as of four tons of mass.' In 1915-20 Gabo used planes to construct heads and figures that demonstrated the application of this method to traditional subjects. 'Head No… (read more)

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