Decorative portrait (Len Lye)
Marble head of Len Lye
30.5 x 22.5 x 16.5 cm :
Base; 11.6 x 10.9 cm; Base and head are one piece. These dimensions are purely for installation purposes to indicate required size of plinth.
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Not on display
Shown in 5 exhibitions
Sculpture of Rayner Hoff: Memorial Exhibition, David Jones' Art Gallery, Sydney, Sydney, 19 May 1938–04 Jun 1938
'This vital flesh': the sculpture of Rayner Hoff and his school, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 26 Nov 1999–16 Jan 2000
Parallel Visions: Twenty-two artists from the Australian collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Feb 2002–May 2003
Presence and absence: portrait sculpture in Australia, National Portrait Gallery [Old Parliament House], Canberra, 22 Aug 2003–16 Nov 2003
Modern Times, Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo, 01 Aug 2008–08 Feb 2009
Referenced in 10 publications
Max Bannah, Modern times: the untold story of modernism in Australia, '8 Crossing the dotted line: Animation and Aboriginal representation', pg. 62-69, Sydney, 2008, 64 (colour illus.). NOTE: Titled 'Marble head of Len Lye'
Caroline Butler-Bowden, Sydney moderns: art for a new world, 'Art deco, modern life and the internationalism of Sydney', pg. 140-143, Sydney, 2013, 143 (colour illus.), 322.
Laura Murray Cree, State of the arts, 'The new face of portraiture', pg. 63-64, Sydney, Jul 2003-Sep 2003, 64 (colour illus.).
Deborah Edwards, Aspects of Art Deco in Australia: Sunrise over the Pacific, 'The new classicism: Rayner Hoff and his school', pg. 36-45, Sydney, 2001, 39 (colour illus.), 41. plate no. 38
Deborah Edwards, Look, 'Portrait sculpture: simultaneously the most artificial and the most "real"', pg. 29-31, Sydney, Sep 2003, 31 (colour illus.).
Deborah Edwards, 'This vital flesh': the sculpture of Rayner Hoff and his school, 'Australia, the new Greece: the body as nation', pg. 30-51, Sydney, 1999, 40, 42 (colour illus.), 43 (colour illus.), 47, 101.
Enid N MacDonald, The Sydney morning herald, 'Rayner Hoff: examples of his work; fine gallery collection', pg. 13, Sydney, 17 Jun 1939, 13 (illus.).
Nine to five, 'Sculpture vulture', pg. 20, Sydney, 29 Nov 1999, 20 (illus.).
Unknown, The development of Australian sculpture, 1788-1975, London, 1978, 98 (illus.).
Deborah Edwards, Presence & absence: portrait sculpture in Australia, Canberra, 2003, front cover (colour illus., detail), ii (colour illus.), iv, 55, 81. cat.no. 37