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David Smith

David Smith, Untitled, 1963 Spray enamel and gouache on paper, 16 ½ × 11 ½ inches (41.9 × 29.2 cm)© The Estate of David Smith

David Smith, Untitled, 1963

Spray enamel and gouache on paper, 16 ½ × 11 ½ inches (41.9 × 29.2 cm)
© The Estate of David Smith

David Smith, Untitled, 1963 Spray enamel on paper, 20 × 13 ¾ inches (50.8 × 34.9 cm)

David Smith, Untitled, 1963

Spray enamel on paper, 20 × 13 ¾ inches (50.8 × 34.9 cm)

DAVID SMITH First Ovals, 1958 Spray paint on canvas 98 × 51 1/2 inches (248.9 × 130.8 cm) Artwork © The Estate of David Smith

DAVID SMITH First Ovals, 1958

Spray paint on canvas 98 × 51 1/2 inches (248.9 × 130.8 cm) Artwork © The Estate of David Smith

David Smith, Forging IX, 1955 Varnished steel, 72 ½ × 7 ⅝ × 7 ⅝ inches (184.2 × 19.4 × 19.4 cm)Photo by Rob McKeever

David Smith, Forging IX, 1955

Varnished steel, 72 ½ × 7 ⅝ × 7 ⅝ inches (184.2 × 19.4 × 19.4 cm)
Photo by Rob McKeever

David Smith, ΔΣ 2/10/55, 1955 Egg ink on paper, 17 × 21 ⅜ inches (43.2 × 54.3 cm)© The Estate of David Smith/Licensed by VAGA, New York, photo by Rob McKeever

David Smith, ΔΣ 2/10/55, 1955

Egg ink on paper, 17 × 21 ⅜ inches (43.2 × 54.3 cm)
© The Estate of David Smith/Licensed by VAGA, New York, photo by Rob McKeever

David Smith, Untitled, 1950 Gouache, ink and graphite on paper, 10 ¾ × 8 ¼ inches (27.3 × 21 cm)

David Smith, Untitled, 1950

Gouache, ink and graphite on paper, 10 ¾ × 8 ¼ inches (27.3 × 21 cm)

About

David Smith was born in 1906 in Decatur, Indiana. After briefly attending college at Ohio University, the University of Notre Dame, and George Washington University, he moved to New York in 1926, where he studied painting full time at the Art Students League. During the 1930s he began to focus on sculpture, creating welded constructions by using found objects and forged metal. Smith moved permanently to Bolton Landing, in upstate New York, in 1940. Smith died in a car accident near Bennington, Vermont, in 1965. Major exhibitions of his sculptures, paintings and drawings have been presented worldwide since the 1950s, including recent retrospectives at the Sezon Museum of Art, Tokyo (1994); MNCA, Reina Sofía, Madrid (1996); and Storm King Art Center, New York (1997–99). A centennial retrospective organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (2006) traveled to the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and Tate Modern, London (2006–07).