David Smith: The White Sculptures

May 13 – November 12, 2017

  • David Smith: The White Sculptures, May 13 – November 12, 2017, exhibition catalogue, cover

David Smith: The White Sculptures is the first exhibition to critically consider the use of the color white within the work of David Smith (1906–1965). Smith returned to and rediscovered this color throughout his life, whether it was in the naturally occurring white hue of found coral, as in his earliest sculptures; the white of a sunless sky or of a snowy landscape, both of which feature in his artistic photography; the white canvas or paper at the center of his Sprays, or the simple grounds of his Nudes; or the industrial white enamel that he applied to his later large- scale sculptures. Many of his works across mediums incorporate white forms as central elements, with foreground and background repeatedly reversed, questioned, and inverted. When installed in the landscape, the flatwhite planes of some of his large sculptures appear as dramatic cutouts.
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