Origins & Innovations
November 13 - December 23, 2017
New York, 22nd Street
Hauser & Wirth is pleased to present its first New York solo exhibition of work by David Smith (1906 – 1965). Offering a fresh, in-depth examination of his varied career, ‘Origins & Innovations’ brings together the artist’s paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures of the 1930s alongside examples of his later work, for which he is best known. Instead of isolating distinctions between media or periods in Smith’s oeuvre, this exhibition elucidates the connections between his earliest inspirations and his life-long investigation of their potential.
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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.