Aleksandr Rodchenko was born 122 years ago today.
In 1920-21, Rodchenko produced a series of “spatial constructions" that marked abstraction’s move from painted surface to three-dimensional object. Each work was based on the principle of repeating a single form: square, circle, triangle, and here, in this only work surviving from the series, ellipse, which the artist cut in concentric bands from a single piece of painted plywood, working from the outer edge to the center.
[Aleksandr Rodchenko. Spatial Construction no. 12. c. 1920]