Smith, David, 1906-1965

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Sculptor; Bolton Landing, N.Y.

From the description of David Smith interview, 1964 Oct. 25. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 80437636

Sculptor. Studied painting at the Art Students League in New York City between 1927 and 1932. Smith began working with sculpture around the time of leaving the League. In 1940 he moved to upstate New York where he remained until his death in 1965. Retrospective exhibitions of Smith's work at the Museum of Modern Art in 1957, and at the Fogg Art Museum in 1966.

From the description of Letters of David Smith, 1957-1965 (inclusive). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 234360172

Sculptor; Bolton Landing, N.Y.

Smith's Medals for Dishonor, completed in 1940, were explicit statements of protest against the horrors of war and violence. Smith befriended the writers, Williams Blake and his wife Christina Stead, after having read and been influenced by Blake's novel, THE PAINTER AND THE LADY. Dorothy Dehner, painter and sculptor, was Smith's first wife. They were married in 1927 and divorced in 1952. ART FOR THE MILLIONS, edited by Francis V. O'Connor, was originally intended to be published by the Federal Art Project but went unfinished. O'Connor took up the project and completed it in 1972.

From the description of David Smith miscellaneous papers, [ca. 1940]-1964. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 86122973

Sculptor; Bolton Landing, N.Y.

Began his career as a painter. Studied at Art Students League. Was one of the first sculptors to develop a uniquely American abstract style. Worked in monumental style, incorporating painted metal and welding techniques into his work. Smith died in an automobile accident in May 1965.

From the description of David Smith sketchbook, 1954-1969. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 85015155

Sculptor; Bolton Landing, N.Y.

Began his career as a painter. Studied at Art Students League. Married artist Dorothy Dehner. Was one of the first sculptors to develop a uniquely American abstract style. Worked in monumental style, incorporating painted metal and welding techniques into his work. Smith died in an automobile accident in May 1965.

From the description of David Smith papers, 1926-1965. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122397015

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referencedIn Rapp, Gordon D. Interviews conducted by Gordon D. Rapp, 1981 & 1984. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Clement Greenberg papers, 1928-1995 Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Poor, Henry Varnum, 1887-1970. Henry Varnum Poor papers, 1873-2001. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Willard Gallery. Willard Gallery records, 1917-1973. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Rosenberg, Harold, 1906-1978. Oral history interview with Harold Rosenberg, 1970 Dec. 17-1973 Jan. 28. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Xceron, Jean, 1890-1967. Jean Xceron letters from David Smith, 1940-1957. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Gerson, Otto, 1902-1962. Otto and Ilse Gerson papers, 1933-1980. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Kalischer, Clemens, 1921-. Clemens Kalischer papers, ca.1946-1966. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Mayer, Ralph, 1895-. Ralph and Bena Frank Mayer papers [ca. 1920]-1964. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn William D. Herron collection on Ohio University alumni and staff, 1934-1979 Ohio University
referencedIn Barbara Rose papers, 1940-1993, 1960-1985 Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Belle Krasne Ribicoff papers, 1942-circa 2010, bulk 1945-2004 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Lipman, Howard, 1905-1992. Howard W. and Jean Lipman papers, 1848, 1916-2000. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Rosati, James, 1912-1988. James Rosati papers, 1959-1974. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Halper, Nathan. Nathan Halper correspondence and gallery records, 1952-1979, bulk, 1953-1970. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Dehner, Dorothy, 1901-1994,. Oral history interviews with Dorothy Dehner, 1965 Oct.-1966 Dec. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Dehner, Dorothy, 1901-. Dorothy Dehner papers, 1920-1987, bulk 1951-1987. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Ben Shahn papers, 1879-1990, bulk 1933-1970 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
creatorOf Hess, Thomas B. Thomas Hess papers, 1941-1978. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Kuh, Katharine. Katharine Kuh interviews, 1982 Mar. 18 - 1983 Mar. 24. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Homer, William Innes. William Innes Homer papers, 1938-1980. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Roszak, Theodore, 1907-. Theodore Roszak papers 1928-1981. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Mildred Constantine Papers, 1945-2008 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Righter, James V. (James Volney). Illustrated journal/sketchbook, 2005 Feb. 24-2006 Feb. 28. Boston Athenaeum
referencedIn Greenberg, Clement, 1909-1994. Clement Greenberg papers, 1937-1984. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Noland, Kenneth, 1924-. Oral history interview with Kenneth Noland, 1987 July 1-July 16. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Rasmussen, Waldo. Oral history, 1994. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Schenck, Edgar Craig, 1909-1959. Edgar C. Schenck Records, 1950-1955. Albright-Knox Art Gallery, G. Robert Strauss, Jr. Memorial Library
referencedIn Twardowicz, Stanley, 1917-. Stanley Twardowicz papers, 1925-2007. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Smith, David, 1906-1965. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
creatorOf Smith, David, 1906-1965. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
referencedIn Agostini, Peter. Peter Agostini interview, 1968 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Poor, Henry Varnum, 1887-1970. Henry Varnum Poor papers, 1898-1987. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Correspondence to Edward F. Fry, 1982. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Kuh, Katharine. Oral history interview with Katharine Kuh, 1982 Mar. 18-1983 Mar. 24. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Smith, David : Biographical file. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
referencedIn Edward Millman Papers, 1921-1969 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Stanley Twardowicz papers, 1942-2009 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Dehner, Dorothy, 1901-. Oral history interviews with Dorothy Dehner, 1965 Oct.-1966 Dec. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Clement Greenberg papers, 1937-1983 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
creatorOf Halper, Nathan. Records of Nathan Halper's Galleries, 1952-1979. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Greenberg, Clement, 1909-1994. Clement Greenberg papers, 1928-1995. Getty Research Library
referencedIn Arnason, H. Harvard. Papers, 1951-1961 (bulk 1951-1960). Walker Art Center Library
referencedIn Ashton, Dore. Dore Ashton papers, 1849-1983 (bulk 1931-1983). Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn McNeil, George, 1908-. George McNeil interviews, 1968 Jan. 9-1968 May 21 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Dehner, Dorothy, 1901-1994. Correspondence to Edward F. Fry, 1969-1970. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf Carandente, Giovanni. Giovanni Carandente letters, 1962-1963. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Smith, David, 1906-1965. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
referencedIn McNeil, George, 1908-1995,. Oral history interview with George McNeil, 1968 Jan. 9-1968 May 21 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn New York Artists Equity Association. New York Artists Equity Association records, 1944-2003. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Lipman, Howard, 1905-1992. Howard W. and Jean Lipman papers, 1848, 1916-2000. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Herron, William D. William D. Herron collection on Ohio University alumni and staff 1934-1979. Ohio University, Alden Library
creatorOf Wade, Jane, 1925-. Jane Wade papers, 1903-1971. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Nunnelley, Robert. Robert Nunnelly letters from David Smith, 1954-1963. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Shahn, Ben, 1898-1969. Ben Shahn papers, 1879-1990 (bulk 1933-1970). Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Crandall Public Library (Glens Falls, N.Y.),. Biographical files, [ca. 1760]-2002. New York State Historical Documents
referencedIn Henry Varnum Poor papers, 1873-2001, bulk dates 1904-1970 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Stern, H. Peter,. H. Peter Stern videos documenting Storm King Art Center, 1997-2003. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Smith, David, 1906-1965. David Smith : artist file. Indianapolis Museum of Art Library
referencedIn McNeil, George, 1908-1995. Oral history interview with George McNeil, 1965 June 3. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn O'Hara, Frank. Frank O'Hara papers, 1956-1966. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
referencedIn Cleve Gray papers, 1933-2005 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
creatorOf Frankenthaler, Helen, 1928-2011. Helen Frankenthaler and Robert Motherwell material about David Smith, 1953-1965. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn John Taggart Papers, 1965-1974 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Gray, Cleve. Cleve Gray papers, 1942-2004. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.). Dept. of Publications. Department of Publications collection on proposed David Smith monograph, 1957-1974. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
referencedIn Krauss, Rosalind E. Rosalind E. Krauss papers on David Smith, [ca. 1965-1972]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Adams, Harriet Dyer. Harriet Dyer Adams papers relating to David Smith, ca. 1950-1951. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Navaretta, Cynthia. Audio recordings, circa 1960-1974. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Greenberg, Clement, 1909-1994. Clement Greenberg papers, 1937-1983. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Smith, David, 1906-1965. Letters of David Smith, 1957-1965 (inclusive). Harvard University Art Museum
creatorOf Cherry, Herman. Herman Cherry letters from David Smith, 1950-1964. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Smith, David, 1906-1965. David Smith papers, 1926-1965. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (U.S.). Correspondence to Edward F. Fry, 1982. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Dorothy Dehner papers, 1920-1987 (bulk 1951-1987) Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Gray, Cleve. Cleve Gray papers, 1933-2005. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn American Federation of Arts records, 1895-1993 (bulk 1909-1969) Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
creatorOf Louis, Morris, 1912-1962. Morris Louis and Morris Louis Estate papers, 1937-1988. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.). David Smith. 1961-1962 : Archives pamphlet file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Howard W. and Jean Lipman papers, 1848, 1916-2000 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Budnik, Dan. David Smith at work. Getty Research Library
referencedIn Rose, Barbara. Barbara Rose papers, 1940-1993 (bulk 1960-1985). Getty Research Library
referencedIn University of Michigan. Museum of Art. University of Michigan Museum of Art records, 1855-1972. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.). Correspondence with Edward F. Fry, 1968-1990. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn American Association of University Women. American Association of University Women records, 1935-1955. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Gray, Cleve. Cleve Gray papers, 1942-2004. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Andersen, Wayne. Correspondence to Edward F. Fry, 1968. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf Andersen, Wayne V. Wayne Andersen papers, 1952-1994. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Gray, Cleve. Cleve Gray papers, 1942-2004. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Laurent, Robert, 1890-1970. Robert Laurent papers, 1869-1973. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Smith, David, 1906-1965. David Smith miscellaneous papers, [ca. 1940]-1964. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Agostini, Peter. Peter Agostini interview, 1968 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Smith, David, 1906-1965. Selections from recent work, 1948-1949 / David Smith, Bolton Landing, N.Y. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Crockwell, Margaret. Correspondence with Edward F. Fry, 1969. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Gray, Cleve. Cleve Gray papers, 1942-2004. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Everett Ellin Gallery. Everett Ellin Gallery records relating to David Smith, 1960-1963. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Smith, David, 1906-1965. Franklin Furnace artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
creatorOf Smith, David, 1906-1965. David Smith interview, 1964 Oct. 25. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Corcos, Lucille, 1908-. Etching in six panels, by Edgar Levy, Adolph Gottlieb, Esther Gottlieb, Lucille Corcos, David Smith and Dorothy Dehner, etched 1933, printed 1974. New School for Social Research
referencedIn McNeil, George, 1908-. George McNeil interview, 1965 June 3 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Dehner, Dorothy, 1901-. Dorothy Dehner papers, 1920-1987 (bulk 1951-1987). Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn New York Artists Equity Association. New York Artists Equity Association records, 1944-2010. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Noland, Kenneth, 1924-. Oral history interview with Kenneth Noland, 1987 July 1-16. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Matulka, Lida. Correspondence with Edward F. Fry, 1969. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf Smith, David, 1906-1965. David Smith : artist file : study photographs and reproductions of works of art with accompanying documentation 1930?-1990 [graphic] [compiled by staff of The Museum of Modern Art, New York]. Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection
referencedIn Smith, David, 1906-1965 : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Louis, Morris, 1912-1962. Morris Louis and Morris Louis Estate papers, 1937-2001. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Ezio Martinelli Papers, 1927-1968 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf Smith, David, 1906-1965. David Smith sketchbook, 1954-1969. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn American Federation of Arts. American Federation of Arts records, 1895-1993 (bulk 1909-1969). Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Milkman, Jerome, b. 1884. Jerome Milkman scrapbooks, 1930-[ca. 1959]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Agostini, Peter. Oral history interview with Peter Agostini, 1968. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Levy, Edgar. Edgar Levy and Lucille Corcos papers, 1928-1975. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Kepes, Gyorgy, 1906-2001. Gyorgy Kepes papers, 1825-1989 (bulk 1909-1989). Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Greenberg, Clement, 1909-1994. Clement Greenberg papers, 1937-1984. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Passlof, Pat, 1928-2011. Pat Passlof papers, 1957-1969. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Rosenberg, Harold, 1906-1978. Oral history interview with Harold Rosenberg, 1970 Dec. 17-1973 Jan. 28. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Ashton, Dore. Dore Ashton papers, 1849-2010 bulk 1931-1983. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Twardowicz, Stanley, 1917-. Stanley Twardowicz papers, 1942-2009, bulk, 1942-1981. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Ashton, Dore. Oral history interview with Dore Ashton, 2010 Nov. 21. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Whitney Museum of American Art. Whitney Museum of American Art artists' files and records, 1914-1966. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Byron Gallery. Byron Gallery records, 1959-1996 (bulk 1960-1975). Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Stankiewicz, Richard, 1922-1983. Oral history interview with Richard Stankiewicz, 1979 June 26. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Noland, Kenneth, 1924-. Kenneth Noland papers relating to David Smith, [ca. 1952-1984]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Schaefer, Bertha, 1895-1971. Bertha Schaefer papers and gallery records, 1914-1975. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Ribicoff, Belle Krasne, 1924-. Belle Krasne Ribicoff papers, 1942-circa 2010, bulk 1945-2004. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
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associatedWith Adams, Harriet Dyer. person
associatedWith Agostini, Peter. person
associatedWith American Association of University Women. corporateBody
associatedWith American Federation of Arts. corporateBody
associatedWith Andersen, Wayne. person
associatedWith Andersen, Wayne V. person
correspondedWith Arnason, H. Harvard. person
associatedWith Ashton, Dore person
associatedWith Ashton, Dore. person
associatedWith Ashton, Dore. person
associatedWith Blake, William J. (William James), 1894-1968. person
associatedWith Budnik, Dan. person
associatedWith Byron Gallery. corporateBody
associatedWith Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976. person
associatedWith Carandente, Giovanni. person
associatedWith Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Cherry, Herman. person
associatedWith Constantine, Mildred person
associatedWith Corcos, Lucille, 1908- person
associatedWith Crandall Public Library (Glens Falls, N.Y.), corporateBody
associatedWith Crockwell, Margaret. person
associatedWith Dehner, Dorothy, 1901-1994. person
associatedWith Dorothy Dehner person
associatedWith Everett Ellin Gallery. corporateBody
associatedWith Frankenthaler, Helen, 1928-2011. person
associatedWith Gerson, Otto, 1902-1962. person
associatedWith Gray, Cleve person
associatedWith Gray, Cleve. person
associatedWith Greenberg, Clement, 1909-1994. person
associatedWith Halper, Nathan. person
associatedWith Herron, William D. person
associatedWith Herron, William D. person
associatedWith Hess, Thomas B. person
associatedWith Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. corporateBody
associatedWith Homer, William Innes. person
associatedWith Horosko, Marian person
associatedWith Indianapolis Museum of Art Stout Reference Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Kalischer, Clemens, 1921- person
associatedWith Kepes, Gyorgy, 1906-2001. person
associatedWith Krasne Ribicoff, Belle person
associatedWith Krauss, Rosalind E. person
associatedWith Kuh, Katharine person
associatedWith Laurent, Robert, 1890-1970. person
associatedWith Levy, Edgar. person
associatedWith Lipman, Howard person
associatedWith Lipman, Howard, 1905-1992. person
associatedWith Louis, Morris, 1912-1962. person
associatedWith Martinelli, Ezio, 1913- person
associatedWith Matulka, Lida. person
associatedWith Mayer, Ralph, 1895- person
associatedWith McNeil, George, 1908- person
associatedWith Milkman, Jerome, b. 1884. person
associatedWith Millman, Edward, 1907-1964 person
associatedWith Motherwell, Robert. person
associatedWith Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.). Dept. of Publications. corporateBody
associatedWith Navaretta, Cynthia. person
associatedWith New York Artists Equity Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Noland, Kenneth, 1924- person
associatedWith Nunnelley, Robert. person
associatedWith O'Connor, Francis V. person
associatedWith O'Hara, Frank. person
associatedWith Orswell, Lois. person
associatedWith Passlof, Pat, 1928-2011. person
associatedWith Poor, Henry Varnum person
associatedWith Poor, Henry Varnum, 1887-1970. person
associatedWith Rapp, Gordon D. person
associatedWith Rasmussen, Waldo. person
associatedWith Ribicoff, Belle Krasne, 1924- person
associatedWith Rickey, George. person
associatedWith Righter, James V. (James Volney) person
associatedWith Rosati, James, 1912-1988. person
associatedWith Rose, Barbara person
associatedWith Rose, Barbara. person
associatedWith Rosenberg, Harold, 1906-1978. person
associatedWith Roszak, Theodore, 1907- person
associatedWith Schaefer, Bertha, 1895-1971. person
correspondedWith Schenck, Edgar Craig, 1909-1959 person
associatedWith Shahn, Ben, 1898-1969. person
associatedWith SMITH, DAVID LOEFFLER. person
associatedWith Stankiewicz, Richard, 1922-1983 person
associatedWith Stead, Christina, 1902-1983. person
associatedWith Stern, H. Peter, person
associatedWith Taggart, John, 1942- person
associatedWith Twardowicz, Stanley, 1917- person
associatedWith University of Michigan. Museum of Art. corporateBody
associatedWith Wade, Jane, 1925- person
associatedWith Whitney Museum of American Art. corporateBody
associatedWith Willard Gallery. corporateBody
associatedWith Willard, Marian, 1904- person
associatedWith Xceron, Jean, 1890-1967. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
New York (State)--Bolton Landing
New York (State)--Bolton Landing
New York (State)--Bolton Landing
New York (State)
Indiana
New York (State)--Bolton Landing
United States
Subject
Sculpture, American
Medals
Sculptors
Sculpture, American--20th century
Art metal-work
Sculpture, Modern--20th century
Artists
Art, American
Art--American (?)--Reproductions
Sculpture, Modern
Sculptors--Interviews
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Birth 1906-03-09

Death 1965-05-23

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