Alphabet Challenge: S – Smith sculptures
2018 alphabet challenge
S – Smith sculptures
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The works shown are “Moses” (1968, Toledo Museum of Art), and “Gracehoper” (1961-72, Detroit Institute of Arts. It was the monumental scale of the latter work, [Overall: 23 × 22 × 46 feet (7 m 1 cm × 6 m 70.6 cm × 14 m 2.1 cm)] which occasioned the lengthy time between conception and final installation.
From the DIA website, referring to “Gracehoper”: The title, a pun on the grasshopper it resembles, derives from the mythical beast of the same name in James Joyce’s “Finnegan’s Wake.”
From Wikipedia: “Anthony Peter Smith (September 23, 1912 – December 26, 1980) was an American sculptor, visual artist, architectural designer, and a noted theorist on art. He is often cited as a pioneering figure in American Minimalist sculpture.”
Known almost universally in the art world as Tony Smith rather than Anthony Smith, he began his professional life as an architectural designer rather than an artist. He moved on to teaching architecture and design. Art in the form of painting and sculpture remained a sideline until fairly late in his life, primarily in the 1960s and 70s. His daughter Chiara (“Kiki”) Smith became a noted sculptor in her own right.
Again from Wikipedia: “Allied with the minimalist school, Smith worked with simple geometrical modules combined on a three-dimensional grid, creating drama through simplicity and scale. During the 1940s and 1950s Smith became close friends with Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Clyfford Still. His sculpture shows their abstract influence.”
The individual photos and the montage itself (created in October 2018) are copyrighted by Elizabeth Jean Jacob, with all rights reserved.
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