Naum Gabo

Dallas Museum of Art

Naum Gabo (1890–1977) is one of those artists who had long been almost overlooked. His famous “heads,” which are often torsos plus a head, are reproduced in all the histories of Cubism and Constructivism, and the significance of his experiments with the modem materials of plastic, nylon filament, wire, and stainless steel is generally acknowledged. Yet the work of this Russian-born artist, whose poststudent career spanned from the revolutionary days of 1915 to the mid ’70s, has never really been judged as a whole.

In these days of revisionism, no stone is being left unturned, and so Gabo, too, has been brought to light in a major traveling retrospective. The outcome, however, is somewhat uneven. Gabo’s early constructions of heads and torsos are still remarkable, and all the more so collectively The first section of the show, which brings together versions of three different heads, is

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