Naum Gabo, ‘Constructed Head No. 2’, 1916 (enlargement 1975), Nasher Sculpture Center

Image rights: (c) Nina Williams; Photographer: Tom Jenkins

1979 The Planar Dimension: Europe, 1912-1932, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, March 9 - May 6, 1979. Exhibition catalogue. 1981 Sculpture du XXe siècle 1900-1945: Tradition et rupture, Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France, July 4 - October 4, 1981. Exhibition catalogue. Medio siglo de escultura 1900-1945, Fundación Juan March, Madrid, November - December 1981. 2000 Naum Gabo: Pioneer of Abstract Sculpture, Pace Wildenstein, New York, November 4, 2000 - January 8, 2001. 2003 Outdoor Garden Installation, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, October 20, 2003 - August 2004. 2004 Bodies Past and Present: The Figurative Tradition in the Nasher Collection, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, September 2004 - July 2005. 2008 In Pursuit of the Masters: Stories from the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, Nasher Sculpture Center, September 20, 2008 - January 4, 2009. Exhibition pamphlet.

Estate of the Artist
Private Collection
Pace Wildenstein, New York
Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, Dallas, Texas, 2000

About Naum Gabo

A pioneering Constructivist artist, Naum Gabo developed a transformative approach to sculpture, breaking solid mass into interlocking planes, lines, and geometric shapes punctuated by open spaces. Using glass, metal, and plastics, Gabo worked additively, building his sculptures piece by piece to create precise, linear forms, buoyed by lightness and dynamism. His works were mostly abstract and architectural, like Column (c. 1923), a clear vertical column ringed by an open circle and sliced by multicolored planes. Gabo sought a new visual language that was in sync with society and humanity, with space and time as its basic elements. He outlined his approach in his Realistic Manifesto, which he published with his brother, Anton Pevsner. “Space and time are the only forms on which life is built,” he wrote, “and hence art must be constructed.”

Russian, 1890-1977, Brysank, Russia