David Smith, ‘Personage of May’, 1957, Storm King Art Center
David Smith, ‘Personage of May’, 1957, Storm King Art Center

Gift of the Ralph E. Ogden Foundation, Inc.

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

2012
New York,
2010
New York,

Group Shows

2017
2017
Zurich,
Alexander Calder / David Smith
2017
New York,
Nothing and Everything: Seven Artists, 1947 – 1962
2010
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