Tony Smith, Throwback, 1976. Painted steel. Collection Martin Z. Margulies. Photo: Peter Harholdt.

Museum Exhibitions

Tony Smith


Sculpture Garden, ICA Miami

Sep 19, 2019 – Sep 27, 2020

Throwback (1976–79) is an iconic monumental sculpture by American Minimalist sculptor, painter, and architect Tony Smith. Produced in an edition of three, the version presented in ICA Miami’s Sculpture Garden is a working model welded by the artist.

Smith is widely recognized for his large-scale, modular sculptures produced throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Largely influenced by his architectural training and practice, Smith’s reduced forms explore space and volume in relation to the human body and the themes of self and spirituality. While his forms and materials place him in proximity to the Minimal art of the 1960s, his work also engages the heroism and humanism of 1950s Abstract Expressionism. Resting on three points, Throwback wraps and bends around itself, offering a variety of perspectives and vantages onto its unfolding forms with no distinct front, back, beginning, or end. Through its simple, fluid structure, Throwback activates the surrounding space, inviting viewers to move around and explore the work from various angles and perspectives.

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  • Museum Exhibitions — Tony Smith at ICA Miami, Oct 29, 2019