"David Smith Sculpture" by Christopher Lyon

David Smith Sculpture A Catalogue Raisonne, 1932-1965 Christopher Lyon, Rebecca Smith, Candida Smith, Michael Brenson, Sarah Hamill, Marc-Christian Roussel, Tracee Ng

Publication date:
25 May 2021
Other Distribution
1312 pages: 305 x 254mm
1,600 color + b-w illus.


Embracing factory methods of construction, building on the legacy of cubism, and turning his back on European carving and casting traditions, David Smith (1906–65) transformed postwar sculpture. His body of work, contemporary with the New York School in painting, and his pioneering placement of sculptures in a natural setting are foundational for present-day sculpture and installation art. This lavish, three-volume publication is the culmination of the Smith Estate's commitment to precisely document Smith's sculptural oeuvre. The texts include a personal and enlightening foreword by the artist’s daughters and   essays on Smith's series, his photography, and his methods and materials by experts in Smith’s work that orient the reader to crucial aspects of his oeuvre. Also included are an illustrated chronology of Smith’s career, an an extensive exhibition list, and bibliographic references. Throughout the volumes, reproductions of documents and images, including many photographs, paintings, drawings, and sketches by the artist, offer fresh insights into Smith’s methods and creative thought. Handsomely designed and generously illustrated with fine color reproductions, this catalogue raisonné is both a sumptuous object and an essential scholarly resource.

Christopher Lyon is an independent scholar, writer, and editor. Rebecca Smith, an artist, and Candida Smith, a writer and curator, are David Smith’s daughters. Michael Brenson teaches in the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. Sarah Hamill is professor of modern and contemporary art at Sarah Lawrence College. Marc-Christian Roussel is president of C. Roussel Inc. Art Conservation.