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Inscription

on plate on back of top bar, the artist's name in script and the Roman numeral "I" repeated twice: David Smith / SENTINEL I / 10-20-56 I

Provenance

Estate of the artist; (M. Knoedler & Co., New York); purchased 5 February 1979 by NGA.

Exhibition History
1982
David Smith: Seven Major Themes, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1982-1983, p. 89, repro.
1986
David Smith: Skulpturen - Zeichnungen, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf; Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, Federal Republic of Germany; Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, England, 1986-1987.
1993
Picasso and the Age of Iron, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art of Fort Worth, Texas, 1993, no. 120, repro.
1996
David Smith, 1906-1965, IVAM, Centre Julio González, Valencia; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, 1996, unnumbered cat., repro.
2006
David Smith: A Centennial, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Tate Modern, London, 2006-2007, no. 80 (English cat.), repro. (shown only in New York and London).
Bibliography
1989
Strick, Jeremy. Twentieth Century Painting and Sculpture: Selections for the Tenth Anniversary of the East Building. Washington, D.C., 1989: 82, repro. 83.
1994
Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994: 220, repro.
1995
Marshall, Albert. "A Study of the Surfaces of David Smith's Sculpture" in Studies in the History of Art 51 (1995): 93-96, 101, 103-104, repro. no. 5.