David Smith: A Centennial

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Deemed the "foremost sculptor of his generation" by art critic Clement Greenberg, David Smith, who lived from 1906 to 1965, is about to be celebrated in his first retrospective since 1969--to be held at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, from February through May of 2006. David Smith: A Centennial features new photographs of nearly every selected sculpture--110 pieces dating from 1932 to 1965, including important examples from each period, many rarely seen in public. Essays from writers including David Anfam, Michael Brenson, Rosalind Krauss and Paul Hayes Tucker tackle key areas, such as Smith's relationship to the painters of the New York School, the dual development of his family life and series sculpture through the 1950s and 60s, and his use of the landscape outside his studio in formulating his late works. Perhaps most importantly, David Smith: A Centennial also features the most comprehensive research on Smith yet published, including a newly compiled and extended bibliography; a comprehensive exhibition history; a chronology; and an illustrated checklist tracking provenance, exhibition history, and bibliographic references for each featured sculpture, finally bringing scholarship on Smith to the level of that on other important American artists of his generation, such as Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. David Smith: A Centennial considers Smith's oeuvre as a totality, and offers readers the chance to understand the complexity of his aesthetic concerns as well as his impact on the course of American sculpture, and American art at large.

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David Smith was born in 1906, in Decatur, Indiana. After spending time at Ohio University and Notre Dame, he moved to New York, where he studied at the Art Students League. In 1931 and 1932 in the Virgin Islands, Smith made his first sculpture from pieces of coral, and in 1933 he began making completely metal sculptures. His first solo show was held at Marion Willard's East River Gallery in 1938. By the late 1950s, The Museum of Modern Art was presenting a Smith retrospective and organizing a major traveling exhibition. Smith died May 23, 1965 in an automobile accident. His work has since been presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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