David Smith: Points of Power
Galerie Gmurzynska, Zurich and St. Moritz
June 10- September 30, 2012

Like every artist I am always drawing from the figure. It is the source of almost everything we do; it provides motives and orders association."
David Smith, interview, 1940

In a burst of creative energy in 1964, the year before his death at the age of 59 in an automobile accident, David Smith created an extraordinary series of paintings of the female nude. Employing a technique of his own invention, he squeezed industrial enamel paint directly onto unstretched canvas, manipulating the small bulb and narrow tip of his implement to outline the shifting forms of his figures in an expressive and spontaneous manner. The freedom and inventiveness of these works affirm the ethos of Abstract Expressionism and Smith's conviction that the true subject of his work was his own identity.

Throughout his career, Smith refused to be bound by traditional distictions among media. This exhibition presents 40 paintings and more than 20 contemporaneous photographs and painted ceramic plates inspired by the nude female form, together with a dozen of Smith's sculptures in iron, steel and bronze that demonstrate his lifelong fascination with the formal and expressive qualities of the human figure.

Accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, with essays by Sarah Hamill and Candida Smith.

 
Untitled (Nude), 1964
Enamel on canvas

Untitled (Nude), 1964
Enamel on linen


Cubi Woman, 1961-62
Bronze (unique cast)
Untitled (Nude), 1964
Enamel on linen
     
Untitled (Nude), 1964
Enamel on canvas

Untitled (Nude), 1964
Hand-painted ceramic plate, glazed and incised

Untitled (Nude), 1964
Enamel on linen
     
Untitled (Nude), 1964
Hand-painted ceramic plate, glazed and incised
Untitled (Nude), 1964
Enamel on linen
Untitled (Nude), 1964
Hand-painted ceramic plate, glazed and incised
     
Reclining Figure, 1933
Iron and brass
Private collection
Torso, 1937
Forged steel, painted, on artist's painted wood base
Untitled (Nude), 1964
Enamel on linen
     
Untitled (Nude), ca. 1963
Gelatin silver print
Untitled (Nude), ca. 1963
Gelatin silver print
Untitled (Nude, Bolton Landing), ca. 1963 Gelatin silver print


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