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.).
The development of Australian sculpture, 1788-1975, London, 1978, 98 (illus.).
Presence & absence: portrait sculpture in Australia, Canberra, 2003, front cover (colour illus., detail), ii (colour illus.), iv, 55, 81. cat.no. 37