David Smith, ‘Agricola IV’, Christie's

David Smith (1906-1965)

Agricola IV

incised with artist's signature, title and date 'David Smith IV 1952 AGRICOLA' (on the base)


60 x 32 1/4 x 15 1/2 in. (152.4 x 81.9 x 39.3 cm.)

Executed in 1952.

Signature: incised with artist's signature, title and date 'David Smith IV 1952 AGRICOLA' (on the base)

New York, Kootz Gallery, David Smith, New Sculpture, January-February 1953, no. 3.

Cincinnati Modern Art Society; Cincinnati Art Museum and Madison, University of Wisconsin, David Smith: Sculpture, Drawings, Graphics, May-August 1954, no. 10 (illustrated).

Art Institute of Chicago, 61st American Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture, October-December 1954, no. 138.

Arts Club of Chicago, David Smith: Spray Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, June 1983, no. 53 (illustrated on back cover).

Princeton, Squibb Gallery, Fifty Years of Contemporary Art, October-November 1985, no. 48.

Wellesley College, Davis Museum and Cultural Center, September 2003-March 2012 (on loan).

H. Cherry, "David Smith," _Numero,_v. 5, May-June 1953, p. 20 (illustrated).

R. Goldwater, "David Smith shows sculptures of 1952-53 at Kootz gallery," _Art News,_v. 51, February 1953, p. 54.

S. Preston, "Diverse Moderns: Recent Work by Stevens, David Smith, Lawrence," New York Times, 1 February 1953, p. X8.

Art Institute of Chicago Quarterly, v. XLVIII, no. 3 September 1954 (illustrated on cover).

David Smith 1906-1965. A Retrospective Exhibition, exh. cat., Cambridge, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, 1966, p. 73, no. 215.

R. Krauss, The Sculpture of David Smith: A Catalogue Raisonné, New York and London, 1977, p. 55, no. 268 (illustrated).

E. Fry and M. McClintic, David Smith: Painter, Sculptor, Draftsman, Washington, D.C., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 1982, p. 15.

A. Marshall, "A Study of the Surfaces of David Smith's Sculpture," Studies in the History of Art, v. 51, 1995, p. 93.

E. Hermens and J. Townsend, eds._, Study and Serendipity: Testimonies on Artists' Practice,_London, 2010, p. 137.

Willard Gallery, New York

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Arenberg, Highland Park, 1955

By descent to the present owner

About David Smith

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.

American, 1906-1965, Decatur, IN, United States, based in South Shaftsbury, VT, United States

Solo Shows

David Smith: Form in Colour
New York,
New York,

Group Shows

Alexander Calder / David Smith
New York,
Nothing and Everything: Seven Artists, 1947 – 1962

Fair History on Artsy

Hauser & Wirth at Art Basel in Hong Kong 2018
Hauser & Wirth at ARCOmadrid 2018
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