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Title

Planet

1976-1977


Artist

Inge King

Germany, Australia

26 Nov 1915 - 23 Apr 2016


About

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


Details


Date

1976-1977


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

stainless steel


Dimensions

53.5 x 55.1 x 18.0 cm


Credit

Purchased 1982


Location

Not on display


Accession number

218.1982


Artist information

Inge King

Works in the collection

5


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


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.).