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Title

Captive

1965


Artist

Inge King

Germany, Australia

26 Nov 1915 - 23 Apr 2016


About

Originally a carver, much of Inge King’s early work was made from wood, sandstone, marble and alabaster. Around 1960 she began to work in welded steel assemblage, and her abstract forms became even more experimental. Captive, in bronzed steel, features steel rods which form a cage around a central ‘figure’. King was interested in exploring the enclosed spaces within her sculpture, as well as the space in which the sculpture sits – of utmost importance in her large public works. The welded seams and surfaces were created with an arc welder for ‘decorative effect’ in an attempt to offset the austerity of large surfaces of flat steel, as well as to offset the perceived notion of steel as a cold, sharp material, a notion widely held by the public at that time.


Details


Date

1965


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

bronzed steel


Dimensions

131 x 67 x 52.5 cm


Signature & date

I K inscribed on base plate


Credit

Gift of the artist 2015. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program


Location

Not on display


Accession number

279.2015


Artist information

Inge King

Works in the collection

5


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 6 publications

Bibliography


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Centre Five: contemporary sculpture, Sydney, 1965, n.pag.. cat.no. 6

Jane Eckett, Inge King: Constellation, 'Binary star: Inge and Graeme King', pg. 6-22, Melbourne, 2014, 16, 55 (colour illus.), 129.

Judith Trimble, MacMillan mini-art series no. 10, Inge King, 'Inge King: small sculptures and maquettes', pg. 7-67, South Yarra, 2009, 21.

Judith Trimble, Inge King sculptor, ‘Welded steel and abstract expressionism’, pg. 31-64, Sydney, 1996, 53, 102-103, 199.

Judith Trimble, MacMillan mini-art series no. 10, Inge King, 'Inge King: small sculptures and maquettes', pg. 7-67, South Yarra, 2009, 21.

Jenny Zimmer, Inge King: sculpture 1945-1982, a survey, 'Introduction', pg. 5-20, Melbourne, 1982, 10.