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DAVID SMITH (1906-1965)
DAVID SMITH (1906-1965)
DAVID SMITH (1906-1965)
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DAVID SMITH (1906-1965)

Furniture Store

DAVID SMITH (1906-1965)
Furniture Store
signed and dated 'David Smith 1959' (lower right); signed again, titled and dated again 'David Smith Furniture Store 1959' (on the stretcher)
spray enamel on canvas
98 x 51 ¾ in. (248.9 x 131.5 cm.)
Painted in 1959.
The Estate of David Smith
Knoedler & Company, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2000
I. Sandler, "David Smith." Art News 58, September 1959, p. 6, no. 6.
French & Company, New York, David Smith: Paintings and Drawings, September-October 1959, n.p., no. 16.

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While chiefly known for his metal sculptures, David Smith began his artistic career as a painter and printmaker in the late 1920s, and these roots articulate themselves again several decades after he establishes himself as a master welder in New York. By 1956, Smith has defined his visual identity as a sculptor and begins experimenting with new techniques. One of these new techniques included working with stainless steel where he would first place the pieces of metal on the ground and then coat them with spray enamel and paint. He started to admire the ghost image that the enamel on the ground formed, so he began to place large canvases on the ground, allowing the sculptures he was painting to inform the composition. The result was a highly tactile “negative” of his sculptures. These spray enamel paintings were debuted in 1959 at French & Company in New York, which included the only spray paintings that were given titles, including the present work, Furniture Store, which thus marks a phase of Smith’s life as an already mature and respected artist constantly experimenting, exploring and evolving.

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