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Reg Butler
THE PEOPLE ARE TOO SMALL
Estimate
20,00030,000
JUMP TO LOT
110
Reg Butler
THE PEOPLE ARE TOO SMALL
Estimate
20,00030,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Reg Butler
1913 - 1981
THE PEOPLE ARE TOO SMALL

stamped with monogram, numbered 1and dated 54


shell bronze with a grey/brown patina
height 66cm.; 26in.
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Exhibited

New York, Curt Valentin Gallery, Reg Butler, January – February 1955, no.32, Illustrated in the exhibition catalogue;
Pittsburgh, Carnegie Institute, 1961 Pittsburgh International Exhibition of Contemporary Painting and Sculpture, October 1961 - January 1962, no.466.

Literature

Margaret Garlake, The Sculpture of Reg Butler, HMF/Lund Humphries, London 2006, no.139, illustrated p.140

Catalogue Note

Executed in 1954, the present work is unique.
Having been apparently unexhibited since the Carnegie Institute show in 1961, the period photograph that was reproduced in the 1955 Curt Valentin catalogue, which is probably Butler’s own studio shot (see Garlake, op.cit. p.140), apparently shows what appears to be the original plaster maquette of this sculpture. From this we can conclude that in its current state, the sculpture is missing a short horizontal bar that should be attached at right angles to the base of the tower structure. As the bars of the sculpture are made from ready-made rods of phosphor bronze it should be a simple process to fabricate a replacement. The period photograph also shows two significant differences between this initial stage and the final sculpture. It appears that the shorter ‘aerial’ that now is placed to the left of the box form atop the tower was originally placed on the right, and that an inverted t-form that hung from the base of this same box form was truncated by the artist, leaving just a short rod.  

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