- Other Titles
- Opus 48
Entities suspended from a detector
Opus 48 Entities suspended from a detector
- Place where the work was made
- 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
- 20th-century galleries (ground floor)
- Accession number
- © Robert Klippel Estate
- Artist information
Works in the collection
Sculptor Robert Klippel and painter James Gleeson met in London in mid-1947. The artists held a joint exhibition at the London Gallery at the end of 1948, which included works of their surrealist based practice from this period. The show was structured as two separate solo exhibitions, but was linked by one significant collaborative work, 'Madame Sophie Sesostoris (a pre-raphaelite satire)', also in the AGNSW collection.
Klippel’s solo efforts in the exhibition included this sculpture and another also now in the Gallery’s collection: 'Fever Chart'.These early works are indicative of Klippel’s fundamental study of the intricacies and relationships between the machine and organic; of configuring external form through internal tensions, which continued to inform his practice throughout his lifetime.
Where the work was made
Shown in 10 exhibitions
James Gleeson and Robert Klippel, The London Gallery Ltd., London, 09 Nov 1948–04 Dec 1948
Klippel: sculptures & dessins, Galerie Nina Dausset, Paris, 04 May 1949 -
Abstract compositions: paintings - sculpture, Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, 08 May 1951–21 May 1951
Robert Klippel: collage and drawings 1947-1983 (1983-84), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Nov 1983–03 Jan 1984
Surrealism: Revolution by Night, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 13 Mar 1993–02 May 1993
Surrealism: Revolution by Night, Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane, 21 May 1993–11 Jul 1993
Surrealism: Revolution by Night, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Jul 1993–19 Sep 1993
Australian Collection Focus: James Gleeson and Robert Klippel: Madame Sophie Sesostoris, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Nov 1998–24 Jan 1999
Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Aug 2000–03 Dec 2000
Robert Klippel: a tribute exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 09 Aug 2002–13 Oct 2002
Lurid Beauty: Australian Surrealism and its Echoes (working title), Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne, 09 Oct 2015–31 Jan 2016
20th-Century galleries Rehang (Ground Level), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 20 Aug 2022–2023
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, 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 and Edmund Capon AM, OBE, Robert Klippel: large wood sculptures and collages, Sydney, 1995, 14, 32.
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.
Other works by Robert Klippel
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