David Smith: Cubes and Anarchy

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Art historian and David Smith biographer Michael Brenson, art historian Sarah Hamill, sculptor Charles Ray, and Peter Stevens, director of the David Smith Estate discuss a selection of works from the exhibition David Smith: Cubes and Anarchy. The audio guide also includes commentary by sculptor David Smith.

Narrator: This tall, thin sculpture was a breakthrough for Smith. When he made it in 1955 he had been working in a very linear manner, making drawings in space that were meant to be viewed frontally, like a picture. Here he carries the assertive gestures of line drawings into the round, creating a rhythmic play of planes and edges. The sculpture’s boxy geometry also looks forward to the Cubi, a series he would begin in 1961.


David Smith (1906–1965), _Construction in Rectangles_, 1955. Painted steel, 78 x 10 7/8 x 10 ½ in. (198.1 x 27.6 x 26.7 cm). Collection of Almine and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso. © The Estate of David Smith/VAGA, New York. Photograph courtesy Galerie Gmurzynska, Switzerland