Matthew Marks is pleased to announce David Smith: Photographs 1931-1965, the next exhibition in his gallery at 523 West 24th Street.
This exhibition is the first to focus on David Smith's long and diverse involvement with photography, a medium central to his oeuvre and which he worked with throughout his life. The exhibition will include eighty vintage photographs as well as related sculptures, paintings and drawings.
In the 1930s David Smith began by photographing arrangements of found objects including coral, stones, wire and bones, sometimes collaging and painting on the negatives in a constant process of exploration and experimentation. He photographed New York City, the Brooklyn waterfront near his studio, and began a lifelong study of his three-dimensional work through photographs.
Photography provided David Smith with inspiration for work in other media, as seen in the relationship between a series of nude photographs he made in the 1960's, and the paintings which are clearly based on them. In the late photographs of his sculptures, set in the landscape around the studio in Bolton Landing, New York, in different conditions of light and weather, Smith transformed his three dimensional work, manipulating scale and mass by photographing a sculpture from different heights, angles and directions. Like his drawings, these photographs were a direct source for other sculptural works.
This exhibition will show that the overwhelming achievement of David Smith (1906-1965), one of the key sculptors of the 20th Century, also extended to photography and that he infused the medium with his own innovative working methods to create a varied and distinctive body of work.
A fully illustrated catalogue with 144 reproductions and an introduction by Rosalind Krauss and an essay by Joan Pachner will be available.
David Smith: Photographs 1931-1965 remains on view through April 18 at 523 West 24th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10:00am to 6:00pm.
The exhibition was organized in collaboration with the Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco and will be on view there from April 30 through June 6, 1998.
For more information please contact Matthew Marks at 212-243-0200.