David Smith Invents
(Feb 12–May 15, 2011)
Exhibition curator Susan Behrends Frank discusses David Smith Invents.
David Smith (1906–1965), one of America’s most celebrated sculptors, blurred the boundaries between sculpture, painting, and drawing. This exhibition of works from the early 1950s through the early 1960s features six sculptures, including Bouquet of Concaves (1959), a recent gift and the first Smith sculpture to enter The Phillips Collection, along with the artist’s photographs of his sculpture, works on paper, and paintings. Smith’s two- and three-dimensional work from this period reveals his fascination with concave and convex shapes that appear in multiple configurations and repetitions, and with different surface treatments.