David Smith (1906-1965)
?S 12-20-52
signed with the artist's monogram and dated '?S 12-20-52' (lower right); stamped with the Estate of David Smith stamp and numbered '73-52.92' (on the reverse)
double-sided--tempera on paper
29 7/8 x 42 3/8 in. (75.8 x 107.6 cm.)
Executed in 1952.
The artist, New York
Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1990
Los Angeles, Margo Leavin Gallery, David Smith: Works on Paper, January-February 1990, p. 20 (illustrated).

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Lot Essay

“I belong with painters, in a sense; and all my early friends were painters because we all studied together. And I never conceived of myself as anything other than a painter because my work came right through the raised surface, and color and objects applied to the surface. Some of the greatest contributions to sculpture of the 20th century are by painters. Had it not been for painters, sculpture would be in a very sorry position.” (D. Smith in interview with David Sylvester, 1961).

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