Matthew Marks is pleased to announce Tony Smith: Bronze, the next
exhibition in his gallery at 523 West 24th Street.
Smith executed the nine sculptures included in this exhibition between 1960
and 1970. This selection of his works in bronze, all of them finished in his
signature black patina, provides a comprehensive view of his mature
sculptural practice over the course of the 1960s.
Best known for his monumental black-painted steel sculptures composed of
complex arrangements and combinations of classical geometric forms, Tony
Smith would often make smaller bronze versions of his large-scale outdoor
sculptures. Nearly all the sculptures in this exhibition were also realized
as monumental painted steel works. Large versions of three of the works in
the exhibition, The Snake Is Out (1962), Wall (1964), and
Generation (1965), were included in the artist¹s first one-person
exhibition in 1966 at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut.
Smith came to sculpture late in life. Born in 1912, he supported himself and
his family as an architect for twenty years but began to focus on painting
in the mid-1950s, turning to sculpture later in the decade. Smith began work
on the earliest piece in this exhibition, Cross, in 1960, two years
before he made Die, a 6¹ steel cube that established his reputation
as one of the most influential and important artists of his time.
Cross can be understood as a link between his architectural and
sculptural practices. The sculpture¹s arrangement of six cubes located at
the vertices of three intersecting rhombi resembles two perpendicular church
crosses with a shared vertical stem. One of Smith¹s final architectural
projects was an unrealized plan for a church that was to have stained-glass
panels designed in collaboration with his friend, Jackson Pollock.
The Menil Collection, Houston, will open Tony Smith: Drawings, an
exhibition of rarely shown works on paper drawn from private and public
collections, on December 17, 2010. It will remain on view through February
Tony Smith: Bronze will be on view November 6 through December 23,
2010, at 523 West 24th Street. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday,
from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
For further information, please contact Jeffrey
Peabody at (212) 243-0200, or email firstname.lastname@example.org