David Smith: Cubes and Anarchy
Resnick Pavilion: LACMA
April 3, 2011–July 24, 2011

David Smith's work in Los Angeles. I could not be more excited to see this exhibition......

LACMA: "This is the first major thematic exhibition devoted to the work of David Smith (1906-65). Throughout his career, what Smith called "basic geometric form" was a powerful touchstone. Cubes and Anarchy offers a fresh interpretation of Smith, revealing geometric abstraction as a leitmotif deeply connected to the artist's self-definition as a workingman and his need to reconcile that, through his interest in constructivism, with his identity as a modern artist.

The exhibition brings together over 100 works, including the largest grouping of Smith's monumental Cubis and Zigs brought together in more than twenty-five years. Cubes and Anarchy places these masterpieces in context with the artist's earlier works for the first time. The show includes sculptures, drawings, paintings and photographs, many provided by the Estate of David Smith, including revelatory sketchbooks and photos, only a few of which have been exhibited previously.

above image:
David Smith
(American, 1906-1965), Circles and Diamonds,
1951, oil on welded steel, 30 3/4 x 32 x 6 1/2 inches,
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO.

go to LACMA here...

and........Informed by David Smith: Contemporary Artists Discussion
Thursday, April 7 | 8:00 pm .Carol S. Eliel, curator of modern art, discusses the enormous and ongoing influence of sculptor David Smith with Los Angeles-based artists Charles Ray and Jason Meadows.