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Tony Smith

For Series

January 10 - February 16, 2002
522 W 22 Street

Press Release

Matthew Marks is pleased to announce, Tony Smith: For Series, the next exhibition in his gallery at 522 West 22nd Street.

The exhibition will consist of the complete For Series; nine geometric bronzes ranging in size from 3 x 5 x 3 feet to 3 x 13 x 7 feet. This is the first time that the complete set of bronzes is being shown in America since 1971, when they were initially fabricated by Smith.

The sculptures were originally conceived as gifts for friends and are titled and dedicated with the initials of the intended recipient. They relate to the monumental sculptures Smith was working on at that time, and with which he is most often associated.

Jean-Pierre Criqui writes, "…these sculptures do not require to be seen together. The grouping… however, allows for an unusual access to Smith's work and thought, which to a large extent is summarized in them. The presentation of the complete set leads one to reflect about the notion of place, about the way in which a place can be defined or articulated sculpturally."

The series was first shown in 1970-71 in the form of full-size plywood maquettes in the exhibition, Nine Sculptures by Tony Smith, which traveled to four American museums. The sculptures were then fabricated in welded bronze and were shown in New York at Knoedler & Co. in the spring of 1971. From 1992-1996 an exhibition of the For Series traveled to seven museums throughout Europe.

A major exhibition of Tony Smith's sculpture has been organized by IVAM in Valencia, Spain and will open on March 14, 2002. Smith was the subject of a one-person exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1998.

A reception will be held on January 11th, from 6-8 PM at 522 West 22nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues). The exhibition will remain on view through February 16th. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.