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Medium
Condition
Excellent
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, One of only six known impressions signed, dated, and annotated, lower margin; Estate inkstamp on verso
Frame
Included
Publisher
The Artist, Bolton Landing, New York

Abstract Expressionist sculptor and painter David Smith worked as a riveter and welder at automotive factories before devoting himself to art. Interested in the painterly potential of sculpture, he built his works by welding together found objects, machine parts, and forged metal. His style evolved from early Surrealist and Expressionist tendencies (influenced by Pablo Picasso, Russian Constructivism, Piet Mondrian, and Alberto Giacometti's biomorphic forms) to late masterpieces of geometric abstraction. His last work, Cubi XXVII (1965), part of a series of towering stainless steel sculptures meant to be installed outdoors, broke the auction price record for postwar art at Sotheby's in 2005.

High auction record
$6.0m, Christie's, 2015
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Anderson Collection at Stanford University
Selected exhibitions
2016
David Smith: Form in ColourHauser & Wirth
2013
David Smith: The ForgingsGagosian
2012
Major WorksGagosian
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A Letter, 1952

Lithograph
29 × 25 7/8 in
73.7 × 65.7 cm
.
$50,000 - 75,000
Location
New York
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Medium
Condition
Excellent
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, One of only six known impressions signed, dated, and annotated, lower margin; Estate inkstamp on verso
Frame
Included
Publisher
The Artist, Bolton Landing, New York

Abstract Expressionist sculptor and painter David Smith worked as a riveter and welder at automotive factories before devoting himself to art. Interested in the painterly potential of sculpture, he built his works by welding together found objects, machine parts, and forged metal. His style evolved from early Surrealist and Expressionist tendencies (influenced by Pablo Picasso, Russian Constructivism, Piet Mondrian, and Alberto Giacometti's biomorphic forms) to late masterpieces of geometric abstraction. His last work, Cubi XXVII (1965), part of a series of towering stainless steel sculptures meant to be installed outdoors, broke the auction price record for postwar art at Sotheby's in 2005.

High auction record
$6.0m, Christie's, 2015
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Anderson Collection at Stanford University
Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works by David Smith (1906-1965)
Other works from Susan Sheehan Gallery
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