barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham

NAUM GABO (1890-1977)

Linear Construction in Space No 1

St Ives, 1942/43

Perspex with nylon monofilament


An engineer by training, Gabo here uses new materials like Perspex and nylon to create an illusion of a continuous parabolic form – and a work of ethereal beauty. 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’.

Purchased with the generous support of the Art Fund, Arts Council England/ Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, and the Friends of the Barber Institute, 2017 (No. 2017.3)

The Work of Naum Gabo © Nina & Graham Williams

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