The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Friday, February 23, 2018

American Master David Smith Featured in Exhibition at the Phillips Collection in Washington
David Smith. Untitled, 1950. Black and yellow egg ink and green ink on paper. Baltimore Museum of Art, Gift of Edward Tuck, New York. © Estate of David Smith/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

WASHINGTON, DC.- This winter, The Phillips Collection showcases the work of modern master David Smith (1906–1965). The exhibition shines a spotlight on a pivotal moment in the artist’s illustrious career, revealing the evolution of his personal aesthetic. The exhibition remains on view through May 15.

David Smith is widely considered one of the most important American sculptors of the 20th century. He was the first American to make welded steel sculpture, infusing this industrial material with a fluidity and imaginative creativity that is at once beautiful and muscular. In doing so he transformed the nature of sculpture in America and won for sculpture the respect in American art previously reserved for painting.

David Smith Invents, the first exhibition in Washington of the artist’s work in more than 25 years, explores Smith’s creative process from the early 1950s into the early 1960s through 39 works. Featuring six sculptures, the exhibition takes its inspiration from Smith’s welded steel Bouquet of Concaves (1959), a recent gift to the Phillips. This work is shown for the first time with Smith’s Bouquet of Concaves II (1960) and Black Concaves (1960), a group which Smith saw as seminal experiments with, in his words, the mystery of concave and convex. These sculptures are displayed with works on paper and paintings from the same period. In addition, the exhibition showcases the artist’s own photographs of these sculptures on his property in the Adirondack Mountains near Lake George, N.Y., revealing how Smith invested them with new meaning by placing them in the natural landscape. The exhibition highlights how Smith, working in a variety of media, explored ideas over time in both two and three dimensions.

Smith grew up in Indiana, the son of an engineer, and from an early age was enthralled by trains and railroads. By age 19, he worked as a welder and riveter in a car factory, an experience that would later influence his work as he tried to capture the spirit of America’s transition from a rural society to an industrial one. He ran his studio like a factory, stocked with large amounts of raw material. On steel as a medium, he said: “What it can do in arriving at form economically, no other material can do. The metal itself possesses little art history. What associations it possesses are those of this century: power, structure, movement, progress, suspension, destruction and brutality.”

The 1950s marked an extraordinarily fertile period for Smith. After working on an assembly line welding locomotives and tanks during World War II, Smith received a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 1950 that enabled him to devote himself to his sculpture full time. His engagement with steel, bronze, oil paint, commercial aerosol spray enamel, ink, and tempera allowed ideas and images to follow from one medium to another. He once said, “In my own case, I don’t know whether I make some pieces as painted sculpture or paintings in form.”

Today's News

February 15, 2011

Madrid's Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza Presents an Exhibition Devoted to Jean-Léon Gérome

Egypt's Antiquities Minister Zahi Hawass Says Some Objects Looted from Museum Found

Bas-Relief of a Sacred Character Discovered by Mexican Archaeologists at El Tajin

Frick Collection Exhibition Considers Rembrandt Through the Eyes of Two Collectors

Milwaukee Art Museum Offers a Fresh Perspective on Frank Lloyd Wright with New Exhibition

150 Archaeology Graduates Protest Against Egypt's Antiquities Chief Zahi Hawass

Venetian and Flemish Masters from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp on View in Brussels

Prince Philip: Celebrating Ninety Years at the Drawings Gallery in Windsor Castle

American Master David Smith Featured in Exhibition at the Phillips Collection in Washington

Researchers Say Slaves Hid African Charms on Colonial Greenhouse in Maryland

Rare Burges Furniture with Literary Connections Acquired for Bedford Museum

Property From The Life and Career of Musician Slash to Be Sold By Julien's Auctions

Outstanding Selection of Modern Drawings at Swan Galleries' Work on Paper Auction

Royal Peek-a-Boo: Kate's Sheer Dress to Be Sold

Surface/Tension: New Work by Kitty Kraus, Dan Shaw-Town and Gedi Sibony at Lisson Gallery

New Work by Los Angeles Native Artist Laurie Frick at Edward Cella Art + Architecture

"The Kiss" by Gustav Klimt Named Most Romantic Oil Painting for Valentine's Day 2011

September 11 Memorial to Have Limited Access to a Set Number of People for Years

Once Upon a Wartime: Classic War Stories for Children at the Imperial War Museum in London

Deep Impressions: Willie Cole Works on Paper at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

International Survey of Experimental Film, Video and New Media at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

First Major U.S. Retrospective of Artist Richard Hawkins Travels to Los Angeles

Sketchy Intelligence: Artist Unveils Study of MI6

Anthony McNerney Appointed Head of Contemporary Art at Bonhams

Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, Ty Cobb and Dozens of other Rare Autographed Baseballs at Heritage Auctions

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- The Morgan explores the Medieval world's fascinating approach to the passage of time

2.- Experts discover hidden ancient Maya structures in Guatemala

3.- Egyptian archaeologists unveil tomb of Old Kingdom priestess Hetpet

4.- The Speed Art Museum and Italian Ministry reach loan agreement on ancient calyx-krater

5.- Major exhibition features artistic masterpieces from the glorious Church of the Gesù

6.- From Beowulf to Chaucer, the British Library makes 1,000 years of rich literary history freely available online

7.- Truck damages Peru's ancient Nazca lines

8.- Trish Duebber is new Coordinator of Youth Programs at Boca Raton Museum Art School

9.- Exhibition examines the way art, like language, was used to articulate a rhetoric of exclusion

10.- The Dallas Museum of Art announces gift of three major European works

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful