David Smith (1906-1965), ‘Voltri XVII’, 1962, Gagosian

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

2016
David Smith: Form in Colour, Hauser & Wirth, Zurich
2013
David Smith: The Forgings, Gagosian, New York
2010
David Smith, Gagosian, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
Abstract Expressionism, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao
2016
Abstract Expressionism, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2012
Major Works, Gagosian, New York
2010
Masters of the Gesture, Gagosian, Beverly Hills