Steel and unidentified metal, painted
77.9 x 42.9 x 13.7 cm /
30 5/8 x 16 7/8 x 5 3/8 in

David Smith

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.

Celebrating Basel Basel

A major retrospective of titled ‘David Smith 1906 – 1965’ travelled to Kunsthalle Basel in 1966—just one year after the artist’s death—making the posthumous survey integral to establishing the artist as a master of contemporary sculpture in Europe, where it was presented at Tate Gallery in London and the Rijksmuseum, among many other venues.

‘Wagon I’ is pictured outside in the courtyard, and the exhibition included other major works such as ‘The Banquet’ and ‘Sentinel III’.