(Germany, Australia 26 Nov 1918 – )
53.5 x 55.1 x 18.0 cm
Among the most fastidious of the post-war generation of abstractionists, Inge King has spent a lifetime pursuing the ideal of formal perfection in three-dimensional practice. Planet is a sculptural statement of unerring purity, a seamless confluence of volume, void and surface. Though not without a suggestion of anthropomorphism in the centralised metallic head, it withholds feeling, refuses inquisition and stands as a starkly self-sufficient icon of the artist's aesthetic resolve. Half ritual object, half cosmic artefact, Planet is imbued most of all with a sense of its own durability. King, who was born in Germany, studied in Berlin, London and Glasgow before relocating to Australia in 1951. Initially working as a jeweller, she graduated to welded sculpture in black steel. Much of her output has been in the realm of large-scale public statuary. In recent years she has executed a number of quirkily figurative sculptures, though not at the cost of her always operative abstract values.
Art Gallery Handbook, 1999
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Dead Sun, Sydney, 1997.
Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian Collection: Painting and Sculpture', pg. 102-181, Sydney, 1999, 168 (colour illus.).
Review: works by women from the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 08 Mar 1995–04 Jun 1995
Dead Sun, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Oct 1997–09 Nov 1997