Tables, Carpets & Dead Flowers
Hauser & Wirth, Zurich
16 November - 21 December 2018

Tables, Carpets & Dead Flowers brought together works by modern and contemporary masters that document and record daily activities in the studio. Taking inspiration from Rodney Graham's Dead Flowers in My Studio (2003) and Dieter Roth's Tischmatten, the exhibition examined the chance encounters between artist, artwork and the studio space.

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Untitled, 1964

American Masters
The National Gallery of Australia
24 August - 11 November 2018

Drawn exclusively from the NGA's collection of American Art, American Masters celebrated that nation's artists from the 1940s to the 1980s. The exhibition told the story of the formation of this incredible collection of art and included many major works not seen together in a very long time.

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25 Planes, 1958

Bronze Age c. 3500 - AD 2018
Firstsite, Colchester, UK
16 March - 28 October 2018

This satirical museological presentation - first made by Hauser & Wirth gallery for Frieze London 2017 - recreated a fictional display from a forgotten museum. It focused solely on works made of bronze or from the Bronze Age period.

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Untitled, 1955

David Smith: Figures & Dwelling
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
27 January - 19 August 2018

This exhibition, installed in the museum's soaring main entryway, featured three works of art by David Smith.

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Untitled, 1963

The Sculptor's Drawings
Museo Novecento, Florence, Italy
21 April - 12 July 2018

The Sculptor's Drawings was the first installation in a series of exhibitions focussing on drawing as creative expression.

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Drawing for Sculpture #2, 1953

Sumer and the Modern Paradigm
Fundacio Joan Miro, Barcelona
November 3, 2017
- January 21, 2018

This exhibition sought to elicit a conversation between Mesopotamian art and the works of modern artists, particularly those that were active during the interwar period (1918-1939). At the same time, it also aimed to find an explanation for the modern fascination with findings from the ancient Near East.

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Cooperation of the Clergy, 1939

David Smith: Origins & Innovations
Hauser & Wirth, New York
November 13
- December 23, 2017

David Smith: Origins & Innovations, Hauser & Wirth's first New York solo exhibition of work by the artist, offered a fresh, in-depth examination of his varied career as it brought together paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures of the 1930s alongside examples of his later work, for which he is best known. Instead of isolating distinctions between media or periods in Smith's oeuvre, this exhibition elucidated the connections between his earliest inspirations and his life-long investigation of their potential.

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Untitled, 1958-59

David Smith: The White Sculptures
Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY
May 13 - November 12, 2017

David Smith: The White Sculptures was the first exhibition to critically and fully consider the color white within David Smith's works. It also coincided with the 50th anniversary of Storm King's acquisition in 1967 of thirteen of the artist's sculptures, which marked the start of the museum's focus on the large-scale outdoor art installations for which it is now well known.

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Primo Piano II, 1962

Washburn Gallery, New York
September 14 - October 28, 2017

The Federal Art Project, a New Deal program, of the Works Progress Administration employed more than five thousand American artists between 1935 and 1943. A significant number of these artists later achieved international renown in the post World War II era. This exhibition brought together works by several of these artists.

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Untitled (Bathers), 1934

Alexander Calder / David Smith
Hauser & Wirth, Zurich
June 12 - September 16, 2017

To coincide with Art Basel 2017, H&W presented an exhibition uniting two great figures of 20th-century American sculpture: Alexander Calder (1898 - 1976) and David Smith (1906 - 1965).

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Lunar Arcs on One Leg, 1956 - 1960

The Horizontal
Cheim & Read, New York
July 6 - August 31, 2017

This group exhibition, which featured an intergenerational selection of 21 artists, from modern masters to emerging talent, explored the poetics of the horizon in abstract art, with works dating from 1937 to today.

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Δ Σ 10/19/54, 1954

Moving Targets: American Art From 1918 - 2012
Mark Borghi Fine Art, Bridgehampton, NY
July 1 - July 30, 2017

Moving Targets looked anew at relationships, influences, and two-way exchanges between historic and contemporary American Artists.

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Imaginary Ancestors
Almine Rech Gallery, New York
May 2 - June 15, 2017

Imaginary Ancestors examined Primitivism in modern and contemporary art. On the one hand, the show sought to restage a seminal exhibition of contemporaneous paintings and Fang sculptures that appeared at Durand-Ruel Gallery in New York in 1933; on the other, it presented works by a select group of affiliated artists of today, including Joe Bradley, Mark Grotjahn, and James Turrell, among others.

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Perceiving Head, 1940

Abstract Expressionism
Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain
February 3 - June 4, 2017

This landmark show was inaugurated at the Royal Academy in London (September 24, 2016 - January 2, 2017), where it became the UK's first comprehensive look at Abstract Expressionism since 1959. Exploring an unparalleled period in American art, the exhibition sought to reveal the full breadth of a movement that will forever be associated with the boundless creative energy of 1950s New York.

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Sentinel V, 1959

When Modern was Contemporary: Selections from the Roy R. Neuberger Collection
Westmoreland Museum, Greensburg, PA
February 25, 2017 - May 21, 2017

This unprecedented traveling tour of some of the finest works from the Neuberger Museum of Art in New York proudly documented the evolution of modernism in the visual arts of North America.

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The Billiard Player, 1945

Hauser & Wirth, 22nd Street, New York
February 15 - April 8, 2017

Serialities was a group exhibition that investigated the relationship between photography, sculpture, and drawing. It examined notions of seriality and repetition, revealing both the linear and non-linear narratives emerging from artists' experiments with sequencing or exploration of a continuous idea or concept.

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Untitled, 1960

Nothing and Everything: Seven Artists, 1947-1962
Hauser & Wirth, 69th Street, New York
February 2 - April 1, 2017

Dedicated to the synergistic relationship that existed between visual artists and composers living in New York CIty during the years following World War II, this exhibition featured works by Louise Bourgeois, John Cage, Morton Feldman, Phillip Guston, Franz Kline, and Joan Mitchell, in addition to David Smith.

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Forging IX, 1955

Postwar - Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945-1965
Haus der Kunst, Munich
October 14, 2016 - March 26, 2017

This prominent exhibition analyzed the time immediately after World War II with a particular focus on the truly global conditions of this era. Comprised of works by 180 artists from 50 different countries, it was organized into eight thematic sections ranging from "Concrete Visions" to "Cosmopolitan Modernisms."

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The Maiden's Dream, 1949

Modern Sculptors in Indiana
Eskanazi Museum of Art, Indiana University, Bloomington
May 24, 2016 - March 12, 2017

Presented in conjunction with the Indiana State Bicentennial, this installation featured the work of artists Robert Laurent, David Smith, George Rickey, David Hayes, Alexander Calder, Isamu Noguchi and William Wiley, all of whom have or had Indiana connections.

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Pillar of Sunday, 1945

From Rodin to Bourgeois: Sculpture in the 20th Century
Gemeentemuseum, The Hague
October 15, 2016 - January 22, 2017

This major retrospective of modern sculpture pinpoints key developments in the medium created in both Europe and America during the 1900s.

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Untitled (Study for Agricola I), 1951

The Art of American Dance: 1830-1960
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Arkansas
October 22, 2016 - January 16, 2017

This traveling exhibition, which previously toured at the Detroit Institute of Arts (March 20 - June 12, 2016) and the Denver Art Museum (July 10 - October 22, 2016), explores the influences, evolution, and distinct traditions of dance in America between 1830 and 1960.

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Terpsichore & Euterpe, 1947

Drawing Line into Form: Works on Paper by Sculptors from the Collection of BNY Mellon
Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami
October 2, 2016 - January 15, 2017

Pulled from an expansive collection of almost 60 works by some of the world's most recognizable modern and contemporary artists, this exhibition illustrates the important role working on paper plays for sculptors in the creative process.

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Untitled, 1957

The Looser Collection. Dialogues.
Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
April 29 - October 30, 2016

Museum Folkwang is presenting a selection of works from the Looser Collection in Switzerland - one of the most significant compilations of modern and contemporary art in Europe - in dialogue with pieces from its own collection.

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Woman Music, 1944

200 Years of Indiana Art: a Cultural Legacy
Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis
March 19 - October 2, 2016

Presented historical and contemporary works from the past two centuries by artists whose ideas helped to mold the cultural landscape of Indiana.

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Untitled, 1962

20th Century American Masters
Galerie Gmurzynska, St. Moritz
July 7 - September 4, 2016

Timed to coincide with St. Moritz Art Masters, this exhibition highlighted the influence and contributions of iconic 20th century American artists such as Louise Nevelson and Robert Indiana in addition to David Smith as well as lesser known but highly influential artists such as Dan Baden and Ronnie Cutrone.

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Iron Woman, 1964

David Smith: Form in Color
Hauser & Wirth, Zurich
June 12 - September 18, 2016

This exhibition marked the gallery’s first presentation of the artist since beginning work with the Estate in 2015. It focused on Smith’s practice between 1958 and 1964, the important final years of his life.

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Circles Intercepted, 1961

The Campaign for Art: Modern and Contemporary
San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art, San Fransisco
May 14 - September 18, 2016

One of several exhibitions that highlighted the museum's 'Campaign for Art,' this display introduced the range and quality of newly committed and gifted works in a multidisciplinary selection that may be seen to strengthen and deepen SFMOMA’s collection.

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Jurassic Bird, 1945

Sculpture on the Move 1946-2016
Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland
April 19 - September 18, 2016

A grand special exhibition on occasion of the inauguration of the enlarged Kunstmuseum Basel, Sculpture on the Move focused on sculptural art between the end of World War II and the present, and mapped the medium's dynamic evolution from classical ideas to those that are more flexible and abstract.

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Drawing Then: Innovation and Influence in American Drawings of the Sixties
Dominique Levy Gallery, New York

January 27 - March 26, 2016

Curated by Kate Ganz, this exhibition coincided with the 40th anniversary of the 1976 exhibition Drawing Now at the Museum of Modern Art.

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Untitled, 1960

Metal: American Sculpture, 1945-1970
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery
November 6, 2015 - January 16, 2016

Featuring an array of floor, pedestal and wall pieces from a number of notable artists, including David Smith, Metal: American Sculpture, 1945-1970 sought to put modern sculpture into perspective with painted works of the same era.

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Compass Circle, 1962

Crosscurrents: Modern Art from the Sam Rose and Julie Walters Collection
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 3rd Floor North
October 30, 2015 - April 3, 2016

American artists, including Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein, Georgia O'Keeffe, David Smith and Wayne Thiebaud, were shown here alongside examples of the European Modernism that inspired them. This show was accompanied by a catalogue with contributions from curators Karen Lemmey, Joann Moser, and E. Carmen Ramos.


Reclining Figure, 1935

Marvelous Objects: Surrealist Sculpture from Paris to New York
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
October 29, 2015 - February 15, 2016

More than 100 sculptures from Europe and the United States came together in this exhibition, which took a comprehensive look at three-dimensional Surrealism.

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Saw Head, 1933

The Ceramic Presence in Modern Art: Selections from the Linda Leonard Schlenger Collection and Yale University Art Gallery
Yale University Art Gallery

September 4, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Over 80 ceramic objects on loan from Linda Schlenger were displayed alongside works from Yale's collection, giving context and historical significance to an ultimately overlooked medium within the realm of contemporary art.

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Isabella, 1956

June 11--August 1, 2015
Gagosian Gallery, Britannia Street, London

This extensive exhibition explored the myriad ways in which artists have employed the impulsive yet de-personalized and non-gestural forces of spray.

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Untitled, 1964

David Smith: Drawings and Sculpture. Acting in Space
Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris
April 25 - June 27, 2015

Highlighting works produced between 1950 and 1960, this presentation paid tribute to Smith’s pioneering use of industrial methods and materials to radically reconceive sculpture as drawing in space. The works Smith produced during this critical ten-year period transformed and expanded the breakthroughs of European Modernism, and inspired the next generation of artists whose work came to define late twentieth century sculpture.

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Untitled, 1952

Jackson Pollock's Mural: Energy Made Visible
Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle, Berlin
Museo Picasso, Malaga

April 23 - November 16, 2015

Presented by the Peggy Guggenheim collection, this exhibition placed Pollock's mural in context with other works that explore action and energy, including paintings and sculpture by Lee Krasner, David Smith, and Robert Motherwell.

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Tanktotem III, 1953

Here and Above: A Dialogue Between Sculptures
VIrginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond

April 1, 2015 - March 1, 2016

Two Box Structure by David Smith was installed alongside a sculpture by his daughter, Rebecca Smith, in a year-long exhibition held in the Cochrane Atrium.

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Two Box Structure, 1961

Bruce SIlverstein Gallery, New York

February 26-April 18, 2015

Works by Jean Arp, Richard Artschwager, Romare Bearden, Louise Bourgeois, Constantin Brancusi, Alberto Giacometti, Robert Mapplethorpe, Henry Moore, and David Smith were juxtaposed with photographs from the Distortion series (originally entitled Deformations) by Andre Kertesz.

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Untitled (Nude), 1964

Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Denver Art Museum, March 2, 2014-June 8, 2014
Gauguin to Warhol: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
San Diego Museum of Art, October 4, 2014-January 27, 2015
Van Gogh to Rothko: Masterworks from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, February 21-June 1, 2015

The paintings and sculptures included in this exhibition were drawn from the collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, which held a larger-scale version of this traveling exhibition for its 150th anniversary in 2011.

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Tanktotem IV, 1953

Giacometti - Smith
Ordovas Gallery, London
February 6 - April 11, 2015

The two pioneers of modern sculpture were represented by a focused selection of works from the 1950s. An illustrated catalogue accompanied this exhibition.

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Anchorhead, 1952


The New York School, 1969: Henry Gehdzahler at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York
January 13 - March 14, 2015

This show featured works by Albers, Calder, Chamberlain, Cornell, di Suvero, Flavin, Frankenthaler, Gottlieb, Hofmann, Judd, Kelly, Lichtenstein, Louis, Morris, Motherwell, Noguchi, Noland, Oldenberg, Olitski, Rauschenberg, Rosenquist, Smith, Stella, and Warhol from Geldzahler's original selections for New York Painting and Sculpture: 1940-1970.

Bronze Planes, 1964

Art in the Making
Freedman Art, New York
October 30, 2014-March 31, 2015

Art in the Making included sculptures by Milton Avery, Thomas Hart Benton, Lee Bontecou Helen Frankenthaler, Stephen Greene, Philip Guston, Hans Hofmann, Franz Kline, Alfred Leslie, Jackson Pollock, Charles Pollock, and David Smith.

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