David Smith (1906-1965), ‘Forging V’, 1955, Gagosian Gallery

About David Smith (1906-1965)

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, Indiana, based in New York and Bolton Landing, New York

Solo Shows on Artsy

David Smith: Form in Colour, Hauser & Wirth, Zurich
David Smith: The Forgings, Gagosian Gallery, New York
David Smith, Gagosian Gallery, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

Abstract Expressionism, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Major Works, Gagosian Gallery, New York
Masters of the Gesture, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills

Fair History on Artsy

Hauser & Wirth at Frieze Masters 2016
Hauser & Wirth at Frieze London 2016