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No 48 Entities suspended from a detector



Robert Klippel

Australia, United States of America

19 Jun 1920 - 19 Jun 2001


Other Titles

Opus 48

Entities suspended from a detector

Opus 48 Entities suspended from a detector

Place where the work was made

London England



Media category


Materials used

wood, carved, painted wood and dowels


48.3 x 34.2 x 11.5 cm

Signature & date

Signed and dated on base, incised "RK 48/ ...".


Gift of the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 1970

Accession number


Artist information

Robert Klippel

Artist profile

Works in the collection



Where the work was made

Shown in 9 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 23 publications


Zoja Bojic., Australian art review, 'Reconstructing Robert Klippel', interviews, Clontarf, Mar 2003-Jun 2003, front cover (colour illus.).

Craig Bush, Look, 'Years of enrichment: The society reaches another milestone', pg. 12-15, Sydney, May 2009, 13 (colour illus.), 14.

Michael Desmond, Art Monthly Australia, 'The ghost in the machine: Robert Klippel at the Art Gallery of New South Wales', pg. 28-31, Canberra, Oct 2002, 29.

Deborah Edwards and Edmund Capon AM, OBE, Robert Klippel: large wood sculptures and collages, Sydney, 1995, 14, 32.

Deborah Edwards, Look, 'A quintessential 20th century artist: poetic synthesis of things organic and mechanical', pg. 22-26, Sydney, Aug 2002, 22 (colour illus.).

Deborah Edwards, Robert Klippel, 'Below the surface: "the cogwheel and the bud", pg. 30-51, Sydney, 2002, 37, 38, 47 (colour illus.), 53, 247.

Deborah Edwards (Curator), Natalie Wilson (Assistant Curator) and Eric Riddler (Compilator), Robert Klippel: Catalogue raisonné of sculpture, Sydney, 2002, (illus.). No. 48 Entities suspended from a detector

Deborah Edwards., The Sydney Morning Herald, 'A sculptor of singular vision', Sydney, 20 Jun 2001, 20 (illus.). Obituary by Deborah Edwards for the Metropolitan Section

Deborah Edwards., Australian Collection Focus: James Gleeson & Robert Klippel Madame Sophie Sesostoris (a pre-raphaelite satire) 1947-48, 'Below the surface: James Gleeson & Robert Klippel Madame Sophie Sesostoris (a pre-raphaelite satire) 1947-48', Sydney, 1998, colour illus..

James Gleeson, Robert Klippel, Kensington, 1983, 56 (colour illus.), 57-58, 463. plate no. 51; titled 'Opus 48 'Entities suspended from a detector''

Robert Hughes., Art and Australia [series 5, vol. 2, no. 1], 'Robert Klippel', Sydney, May 1964-Jul 1964, 21 (colour illus.).

Bruce James., The Sydney Morning Herald, 'From junk to genius, it's all here', Sydney, 21 Aug 2002, (illus.).

Clem Lloyd and Peter Sekuless, Australia's national collections, Sydney, 1980, 260 (illus.).

Paul McGillick', Indesign, 'Make it new', pg, 58-62., Sydney, Aug 2002, 60 (colour illus.).

Hal Missingham (Editor), Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, Sydney, Jul 1971, 608, 619 (illus.). Special Gifts

National Gallery of Australia (Editor), Surrealism: Revolution by night, Canberra, 1993, 246 (colour illus.).

Maudia Palmer, Robert Klippel: a retrospective exhibition of sculpture and works on paper, 'Foreward / Acknowledgements', pg. 3, Bulleen, 1987, 3.

Barry Pearce, Look: 1953-2003 celebrating 50 years, 'Presenting our own artists: how the AGS put balance into the Australian collection', pg. 42-44, Sydney, May 2003, 43.

Ken Scarlett, Australian sculptors, Melbourne, 1980, 323, 324 (illus.).

Graeme Sturgeon, The development of Australian sculpture, 1788-1975, London, 1978, 145 (illus.). plate no. 86

Graeme Sullivan, Seeing Australia: views of artists and artwriters, Annandale, 1994, 101 (illus.).

Jill Sykes (Editor), Look, Sydney, Aug 2011, 45 (colour illus.). reproduction only

David Tunny, Look, 'Australian Focus on Madame Sophie', pg. 15, Heidelberg, Nov 1998, 15.