PRINT Summer 1966

Gabo at the Tate

NAUM GABO’S EXHIBITION AT THE TATE has had something of the air of a triumphal home-coming. He has had a special relationship with England. His remove here from Paris coincided with an important shift in his own thinking, for it was in around 1936 that his intuitions about the “spheric” nature of space began to crystallize. His first visit here in 1935 had been in connection wit h an exhibition of continental avant-garde art, the first to show Mondrian, Arp, Giacometti and a whole lot of others whose work had only beer known in reproduction or on the odd visit to Paris. Gabo liked what he found here and settled the following-year in a studio in Hampstead, a stone’s throw from Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Herbert Read and several others who made up the hard core of the Modern Movement in this country. Gabo’s- place in this group was established with the publication in 1937

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