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A fresh look at the work of the great American sculptor David Smith (1906–1965), Cubes and Anarchy offers new insights into the artist’s career-long involvement with geometric forms. Traditionally, the simplified geometry of Smith’s monumental Cubi and Zig sculptures of the 1960s has been seen as a departure from the Surrealist and Expressionistic tendencies of his earlier work. Cubes and Anarchy reveals the artist’s iconic late masterpieces to be continuations of his long-standing explanation of geometric abstraction. The show includes over fifty sculptures, drawings, and paintings, as well as rarely-seen sketchbooks and photographs. Following its presentation at the Whitney, David Smith: Cubes and Anarchy will travel to the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio.
This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Major support for the Whitney’s presentation is provided by the National Committee of the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the book considers geometry in Smith’s sculpture as both a formal and thematic construct. Essays by leading curators and scholars explore the relationship between Smith’s lifelong interest in the utopian optimism of the avant-garde and his own artistic identity. The book includes illustrations of more than fifty sculptures, along with drawings, paintings, and vintage photographs by the artist.
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