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Title

Planet

1976-1977

Artist

Inge King

Germany, Australia

26 Nov 1915 – 23 Apr 2016

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Alternate image of Planet by Inge King
Alternate image of Planet by Inge King
Alternate image of Planet by Inge King
Alternate image of Planet by Inge King
Alternate image of Planet by Inge King
Alternate image of Planet by Inge King
Alternate image of Planet by Inge King
Alternate image of Planet by Inge King
Alternate image of Planet by Inge King
Alternate image of Planet by Inge King
  • 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
    Copyright
    © Estate of Inge King

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    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

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

Other works by Inge King

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