Naum Gabo, Linear Construction NO. 1 , 1963/64 (Design 1942/43) Via Kunsthalle Hamburg
In the 1930s, the Russian constructivist came across models that mathematicians had built from wire, wood and fabric threads in the 19th century. They were used to visualize geometric formulas and thus a hypothetical space in the real world. Gabo created works of art in which he worked in a similar way. He wound spin two nylon threads around acrylic glass plates, an exploration of space with the means of art. The British sculptor Henry Moore commented on Gabo’s artworks in 1983: “His structure always became space itself.”


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