Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Song of the Landscape

Artist:
David Smith (American, Decatur, Indiana 1906–1965 Bennington, Vermont)
Date:
1950
Medium:
Iron and bronze, on wood base
Dimensions:
19 × 32 × 19 1/2 in. (48.3 × 81.3 × 49.5 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection, Gift of Muriel Kallis Newman, 2006
Accession Number:
2006.32.58
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 919
Smith conceived of the forged and welded sculptures he made in the 1950s as drawings in space. For much of his career, he tried to translate into sculpture the beauty he found in the landscapes of the Hudson River Valley and of Lake George, where he lived at Bolton Landing. Although this work is mostly abstract, a few descriptive details, such as the vine climbing through what appear to be windows, are recognizable.
Inscription: Signed and dated (incised on steel plate, on base): David Smith / 1950
[Willard Gallery, New York, until 1951; sold in December 1951 to Steinberg]; Muriel Kallis Steinberg, Chicago (1951–2006; her gift to MMA)

New York. Willard Gallery. "David Smith," March 27–April 21, 1951, no. 4.

Art Institute of Chicago. "60th Annual American Exhibition: Paintings and Sculpture," October 25–December 16, 1951, no. 153.

University of Chicago, Bergman Gallery. "Avant-Garde Chicago: Exhibit of Contemporary Art from Chicago Collectors," opened November 11, 1968, unnumbered cat.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "An American Choice: The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection," May 21–September 27, 1981, unnumbered cat. (p. 61).

Washington, D.C. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution. "David Smith: Painter, Sculptor, Draftsman," November 4, 1982–January 2, 1983, no. 106.

San Antonio Museum of Art. "David Smith: Painter, Sculptor, Draftsman," March 27–June 4, 1983, no. 106.

New York. Washburn Gallery. "David Smith: 'The Inspiration of Music'," February 15–March 25, 1995, unnumbered cat.

New York. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. "David Smith: A Centennial," February 3-May 14, 2006, no. 46.

Paris. Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou. "David Smith: Sculptures, 1933–1964," June 14–September 11, 2006, no. 306.

London. Tate Modern. "David Smith: A Centennial," October 25, 2006–January 14, 2007, no. 46.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Abstract Expressionism and Other Modern Works: The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," September 17, 2007–February 3, 2008, extended to March 2, 2008, no. 34.

Columbus, Oh. Wexner Center for the Arts. "David Smith: Cubes and Anarchy," January 28–April 15, 2012, no catalogue.

A. L. Chanin. "The World of Art: Art of C.I.O. Steelworker Seen in Audacious New Show." New York Daily Compass (April 1, 1951), p. 25.

Howard Devree. "At Opposite Poles." New York Times (April 1, 1951), p. 105.

Emily Genauer. "Some Themes of the Machine Age." New York Herald Tribune (April 1, 1951), sec. 4, p. 7.

Belle Krasne. "Three Who Carry the Acetylene Torch of Modernism." Art Digest 25 (April 15, 1951), p. 15.

Jane Harrison Cone. David Smith, 1906–1965: A Retrospective Exhibition. Exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University. Cambridge, Mass., 1966, p. 71, no. 185.

David Smith. "Progress Report on Guggeheim Fellowship, 1950–1951, and Application for Renewal, February 1951." David Smith. Ed. Garnett McCoy. New York, 1973, p. 68, fig. 44.

Rosalind E. Krauss. The Sculpture of David Smith: A Catalogue Raisonné. New York, 1977, p. 48, no. 237, fig. 237.

Monica Meenan. "The Vigorous Collectors." Town and Country 132 (September 1978), ill. p. 148.

Judith Goldman. "Collecting in Chicago: 'Love Affairs with Art'." Art News 78 (February 1979), p. 49.

Hilton Kramer. "Modernist Show Moves Met Firmly into Art of 20th Century." New York Times (May 22, 1981), pp. C1, C21.

M. W. Newman. "Chicago." Franklin Mint Almanac 12 (July–August 1981), ill. p. 20 (color, installation photo).

William Agee. "Muriel Kallis Newman–Life Among the Moderns." Architectural Digest (December 1986), p. 66.

Pepe Karmel. "David Smith: 'The Inspiration of Music'." New York Times (March 3, 1995), p. C21.

Carmen Giménez. David Smith. Exh. cat., Institut Valencia d'Art Modern. Valencia, 1996, p. 261, ill.

Joan Pachner in David Smith: Photographs, 1932–1965. Exh. cat., Matthew Marks Gallery. New York, 1998, p. 120 n. 32.

Victoria Newhouse. Art and the Power of Placement. New York, 2005, fig. 164.

Lisa Mintz Messinger. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 2005–2006." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 64 (Fall 2006), pp. 58–59, ill.

Sarah Kianovsky in Abstract Expressionism and Other Modern Works: The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ed. Gary Tinterow, Lisa Mintz Messinger, and Nan Rosenthal. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, pp. 108–11, no. 34, ill. (color).



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