It is always a true pleasure when the opportunity arises to see firsthand the work of a renowned sculptor that has made his mark on American Art History. David Smith is just that person with his metal sculptures from the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and even into the 60’s. Collaborating first with Picasso, then taking the welded pieces to whole new levels within the Abstract Expressionist generation of which he belonged. Smith was a prolific sculptor and an artist to truly be inspired by. By the end of the 1940’s and early 50’s when the Abstract Expressionism era was reaching its inevitable romantic endpoint, Smith continued to explore the shapes and figures of three dimensionality. His sculptures are now considered a turning point in American sculpture, from figurative to contemporary. The St. Louis Art Museum is fortunate to have 2 fairly large stainless steel David Smiths in their grand entry. What a great way to start a museum tour by standing next to a David Smith!
Kevin in front of a David Smith