"David Smith Sculpture" by The Estate of David Smith

David Smith Sculpture A Catalogue Raisonne, 1932-1965 The Estate of David Smith

Publication date:
24 Aug 2021
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1312 pages: 305 x 254mm
1,600 color + b-w illus.
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Embracing factory methods of construction, building on the legacy of cubism, and turning his back on European carving and casting traditions, David Smith (1906–1965) transformed postwar sculpture. His body of work, contemporary with the New York School in painting, and his pioneering placement of sculptures in a natural setting are foundational for present-day sculpture and installation art. Two of the three volumes of this boxed set comprehensively catalogue and photographically document the entirety of Smith’s sculptural oeuvre, amounting to 868 objects. Edited by Christopher Lyon, this definitive catalogue raisonné supplants a 1977 publication by Rosalind E. Krauss. An introductory volume contains a foreword by Rebecca and Candida Smith, essays by Michael Brenson, Sarah Hamill, Marc‑Christian Roussel, and Lyon, with a chronology by Tracee Ng, a presentation of Smith’s sculpture series, and extensive reference materials. Throughout the volumes, reproductions of documents and images, including many photographs, paintings, drawings, and sketches by the artist, offer fresh insights into Smith’s methods and creative thought. Handsomely designed and generously illustrated with fine color reproductions, this catalogue raisonné is both a sumptuous object and an essential scholarly resource.

The Estate of David Smith is dedicated to preserving the legacy of artist David Smith through the promotion of exhibitions, publications, research, and scholarship. It is based in New York City and Bolton Landing, NY.