Identification and Creation
Object Number
1974.145
People
David Smith, American (Decatur, IN 1906 - 1965 Bennington, VT)
Title
Untitled
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
1958
Culture
American
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/309098
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Metallic gold, metallic copper, black, orange, and blue paint (spray-applied) over stencil, with graphite inscriptions, on off-white wove paper; verso: black paint (spray-applied)
Dimensions
actual: 44.4 x 29 cm (17 1/2 x 11 7/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: u.r., black ball-point, in artist's hand: For LO / 5 Unequal bottom / Top not made / 1958
  • inscription: in image, graphite: 4 1/2 / 5 x 5 x 49 / 5 x 5 x 44 / 10 x 46 / 7 x 6 x 17
  • label: removed from old mount, now in curatorial file, paper, typed and handwritten, signed: [typed:] DS considered this sketch to be / the nearest he had to the sculpture / "5 1/2" in my coll. / [handwritten in blue ball-point:] L.O.
  • inscription: old backing?, graphite?: David Smith / Coll: Lois Orswell / Pomfret Conn. [see photocopy in curatorial file]
Provenance
David Smith, Bolton Landing, New York; to Lois Orswell, 1959, gift to the Fogg Art Museum, 1974.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Lois Orswell
Copyright
© 2020 The Estate of David Smith / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
Accession Year
1974
Object Number
1974.145
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Jeanne L. Wasserman, Six Sculptors and Their Drawings, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1971), no. 39, repr. p. 41

Marjorie B. Cohn and Sarah Kianovsky, Lois Orswell, David Smith, and Modern Art, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2002), cat. no. 252, fig. 180, p. 357, 358

Lois Orswell, David Smith, and Friends: Works from the Lois Orswell Collection, Harvard University, exh. cat., Knoedler & Co. Inc. (New York, 2003), cat. no. 22, repr. (color)

Richard Mulholland, "Of Dreams and Visions and Things Not Known: Looking at David Smith's Drawing Media" (thesis (certificate in conservation), Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, 2003), Unpublished, pp. 1-43 passim

Exhibition History

Six Sculptors and Their Drawings, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 05/07/1971 - 06/07/1971

David Smith: "This work is my identity", Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 06/03/1995 - 05/05/1996

Lois Orswell, David Smith, and Modern Art, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/21/2002 - 02/16/2003

Lois Orswell, David Smith, and Friends: Works from the Lois Orswell Collection, Harvard University, Knoedler & Co. Inc., New York, 11/14/2003 - 01/24/2004

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