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New York

Tony Smith

Source, Tau, Throwback

Past
Apr 26–Jul 26, 2019

Pace Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of monumental sculptures by Tony Smith.

Exhibition Details

Tony Smith
Source, Tau, Throwback
Apr 26 – Jul 26, 2019

Gallery

510 West 25th Street
New York
Tues – Sat, 10 AM – 6 PM

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Installation view, Tony Smith: Source, Tau, Throwback, Apr 26 – Jul 26, 2019, Pace Gallery, New York © 2019 Tony Smith Estate / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Encompassing three works—Tau (1961-62), Source (1967), and Throwback (1976-77)—the exhibition touches on key moments in the artist’s evolving sculptural practice. Shaped by his training and prior career as an architect, Smith’s work is animated by a dynamic concept of space and a commitment to sculpture as an object to be catalyzed by the direct engagement of the human body.

I like a certain amount of mystery involved, which demands involvement on the part of the person seeing it. I think the guise of the work has something to do with the kinetic quality. It demands a certain amount of action.

Tony Smith

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Installation view, Tony Smith: Source, Tau, Throwback, Apr 26 – Jul 26, 2019, Pace Gallery, New York © 2019 Tony Smith Estate / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Possessing no traditional front or back and occupying non-linear planes of space, Smith’s sculptures reward an ambulatory viewing experience, offering a range of perspectives and understandings as one circulates the work. Pace represented Smith during his final years and following from 1979 – 1983, and this will be the first exhibition dedicated to the artist since the gallery began representing the Tony Smith Estate in 2017. A full color catalogue with an essay by Christopher M. Ketcham will be published in conjunction with the exhibition.

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Tony Smith

Tony Smith considered his process to be intuitive, his work resting close to the unconscious and exploring themes of spirituality and presence in a synthesis of geometric abstraction and expressionism. He studied painting at the Art Students League, New York (1934–36) and attended the New Bauhaus, Chicago (1937–38), before apprenticing with Frank Lloyd Wright (1938–39)

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New York — Tony Smith, Source, Tau, Throwback, Apr 26–Jul 26, 2019