Hauser & Wirth announces an online exhibition featuring the late post-war American artist David Smith (1906- 1965), including six virtual museum loans alongside significant works spanning from 1958 until 1964. ‘David Smith. Sprays’ is curated by the artist’s daughters and co-presidents of the David Smith Estate, Candida and Rebecca Smith, and Dr. Jennifer Field, Executive Director of the David Smith Estate. The pioneering body of work is presented with walkthrough films of the virtual exhibition space created in HWVR.
One of the foremost artists of the twentieth century and the sculptor most closely linked to the Abstract Expressionist movement, David Smith is known for his use of industrial methods and materials, and the integration of open space into sculpture. Over a 33-year career, Smith greatly expanded the notion of what sculpture could be, questioning its relationship with the space it was created in and its final habitat; from the artist’s atelier and art foundry into the realms of industry and nature. Spanning pure abstraction and poetic figuration, Smith’s deeply humanist vision has inspired generations of sculptors for the decades since his death.