Naum Gabo: Constructions for Real Life
Sara Matson, Giles Jackson
Tate Publishing, 2020
2020 marks the centenary of The Realistic Manifesto, published in 1920, a set of pioneering artistic principles launched in Moscow by Naum Gabo (1890-1977) with his brother Antoine Pevsner (1884-1962). The statement foregrounded the tenets of Gabo’s constructivist ideals – that authentically modern art should engage with and reflect the modern age – a concept that he, alongside the likes of Tatlin, Kandinsky and Malevich, strived to convey in his work. Accompanying the first extensive presentation of Naum Gabo’s sculptures, paintings, drawings and architectural designs to be held in the UK for over 30 years, this book draws together some of the most definitive works by the acclaimed constructivist accompanied by incisive texts highlighting the key themes of his practice and his age. The illustrated works are drawn primarily from the complementary collections of Gabo’s work held at Tate and the Berlinische Galerie in Berlin, Germany.