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The fields of David Smith
Smith, Candida.
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London : Thames & Hudson, 1999.
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144 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 31 cm
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NB237.S66 S66 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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The celebration of a three-year exhibition in the Storm King Art Center in Mountainsville, New York. The aim of the curators has been to recapture the experience of viewing Smith's work during his lifetime, when it was deployed in ever-changing arrangements in his fields at Bolton Landing in the Adirondacks. The book recreates the scene at Bolton landing. An essay by Smith's daughter, Candida, captures in personal and direct terms the man himself, his struggles and delights, and the intensity of his working life. This is followed by a memoir from Irving Sandler and reminiscences by friends of the artist. The text is accompanied by photographs by fellow artists and by Smith himself.

Author Notes

Candida Smith, after a career as a dancer and choreographer, now serves as both advisor and curator for her father's work.
Irving Sandler, art critic and historian, is Professor Emeritus of Art History at the State University of New York, Purchase. His four-volume history of modern American art includes The Triumph of American Painting and Art of the Postmodern Era.
Jerry L. Thompson specializes in photographing sculpture and painting, and his work is in the collections of numerous museums. His other publications include The Last Years of Walker Evans (Thames and Hudson).

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It is well known that Smith (1906-65) was one of the century's greatest sculptors, whose early death cut short a dynamic and burgeoning plastic expression. Though his work is often reproduced and is represented in most art museums, less known is Smith's own conception and actualization of sculptural concentration and proliferation in the fields surrounding his home and studio at Bolton Landing and the Storm King Art Center, north of New York City. This catalog documents an exhibition during the past three years there that has attempted to correct this situation. Loans from museums and private collectors have added to the works already present. The dialogues between the works and the landscape/snowscape are numinous, revelatory, magical, powerful, gentle, beautiful, and peaceful. The real stars of this book are the works of art, represented by numerous superb color and black-and-white images. The celebratory element is amplified by art critic and historian Irving Sandler; by artist friends Mark di Suvero, Helen Frankenthaler, Anthony Caro, and Kenneth Noland; and by daughter Candida, both advisor and curator for her father's work. Complemented by an excellent life events/works produced chronology, well produced and reasonably priced, this book should appeal to a wide range of readers and is recommended for all collections of modern and contemporary art. General readers; undergraduates through faculty. J. Weidman; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Table of Contents

H. Peter SternDavid R. CollensCandida N. SmithCandida N. SmithMark di SuveroIrving SandlerCandida N. SmithJoan Pachner
Introductionp. 11
Acknowledgmentsp. 12
Acknowledgmentsp. 13
The Fields at Bolton Landingp. 15
The Fields of David Smithp. 17
The David Smith I Knewp. 41
David Smith: A Memoirp. 43
The Fields at Storm Kingp. 65
The Fields at Storm Kingp. 66
David Smith, A Selected Chronologyp. 140
Lenders to the Exhibition and Benefactors to the Exhibition and Cataloguep. 143