This volume provides invaluable insight into the life and works of David Smith, one of the most important sculptor of the twentieth century
This volume provides invaluable insight into the life and works of David Smith, one of the most important sculptor of the twentieth century.
One of the best-known American sculptors of the modern period, David Smith (1906–1965) was a pioneer of abstract sculpture. He revolutionized the possibilities of metal sculpture by introducing the industrial process of welding, enabling him to create the most extraordinarily balanced compositions – using metal to ‘draw in space’. Predominantly known as a sculptor, the book also sheds light on his prolific practice of drawing, sketching, writing and photographing his sculptures.
Size: 245 x 172 mm (9 5/8 x 6 3/4 in)
Pages: 144 pp
Illustrations: 120 illustrations
Joan Pachner, a David Smith scholar since the 1980s, pioneered the study of the artist’s photographs in David Smith: Photographs 1931–1965 (1998). She has also contributed to A Sculptor’s Eye: David Smith & Photography (2006), and is a lecturer at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Contents and Sections:
Risks and rewards
The early years
Focus 1: Photography in the 1930s
Focus 2: Welding
Focus 3: Medals for dishonor
War and its aftermath: the 1940s
Focus 4: Helmholtzian landscape
Focus 5: Photographing sculpture
Maturity: the 1950s
Focus 6: Drawings and sprays
Focus 7: The working process
Full flower: 1960-1965
Focus 8: Voltri
Focus 9: Cubi
Focus 10: The fields
List of works