Off view


American, 1906–1965
Personage of May, 1957
Bronze
71 5/8 x 31 1/2 x 18 1/2 in. (181.9 x 80 x 47 cm)
Gift of the Ralph E. Ogden Foundation
Art © The Estate of David Smith/ Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Photo by Jerry L. Thompson
The witty Personage of May originated with a hoe and part of a truck fender, which Smith coated with plaster, subtly modifying the original objects’ found forms. The “spine” of Personage of May is a shovel that Smith also covered with plaster, accentuating its long handle, making it longer and thicker. Impressed “eyebrows” on the spade make it look like a face, and the smoothed truck fenders resemble a cape. Casting the assemblage in bronze unified the surface. Smith characterized this work as “sweet,” fondly referring to it as “shovel head.”

Other works by this artist
Albany I

Albany I, 1959

Becca

Becca, 1964

Cubi XXI (2)

Cubi XXI, 1964

The Iron Woman

The Iron Woman, 1954–58

Volton XX

Volton XX, 1963