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David Smith papers, 1926-1965

Creator:
Smith, David, 1906-1965
Subject:
Calder, Alexander
Cherry, Herman
Frankenthaler, Helen
Greenberg, Clement
Motherwell, Robert Burns
Noland, Kenneth
Rickey, George
Willard, Marian
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Other
Physical Description:
6 microfilm reels.
Access Note / Rights:
ACCESS RESTRICTED; written permission required.
Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Summary:
Correspondence; sketchbooks; sketches; scrapbooks; exhibition catalogs; photographs; business records; and printed material.
Correspondence, mostly routine business dealing with exhibitions, sales, purchases of equipment, and other business matters, and from family and friends in the art world, including Alexander Calder, Herman Cherry, Robert M. Coates, Helen Frankenthaler, Clement Greenberg, Robert Motherwell, Kenneth Noland, George Rickey, Marian Willard and others; sketchbooks, sketches, and notebook, annotated and relating to his sculptural work, 1930s-1940s; lectures, speeches, and writings; an 18 page transcript of an interview of Smith conducted by Thomas Hess, June 1964; photographs, mostly small snapshots of Smith's work, often annotated with descriptive information; scrapbook materials; articles; exhibition catalogs and announcements; and publications.
Citation:
David Smith papers, 1926-1965. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Microfilm reels NDSmith 1-NDSmith 6 available for use at Archives of American Art offices only.
Biography Note:
David Smith (1906-1965) was a sculptor from 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.
Provenance:
Lent for microfilming by Rebecca and Candida Smith.
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Lives of American Artists
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Sculptors
Sculpture, American
Sculpture, Modern
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9424
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211622
AAA_collcode_smitdavp
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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