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<p>David Smith, Circle III, 1962

David Smith, Circle III, 1962, painted steel, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund, 1977.60.3

David Smith

The Art and Life of a Transformational Sculptor

Lectures and Book Signings

  • Sunday, December 11, 2022
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • East Building Auditorium
  • In-person
  • Registration Required

Registration is required.

Join us for a conversation and book signing with Michael Brenson, author and former art critic for The New York Times, and Harry Cooper, the National Gallery’s senior curator and head of modern and contemporary art. 

Michael Brenson courtesy of author

About David Smith: The Art and Life of a Transformational Sculptor

Michael Brenson’s David Smith: The Art and Life of a Transformational Sculptor is the first major biography of the seminal artist. Brenson begins with Smith’s early life in the Midwest, leading the reader through his first years in Manhattan to his decision to establish a permanent studio in upstate New York, where he spread his sculptures across the landscape and created many of his most important works. The biography explores Smith’s unique and dramatic career and his tempestuous personal life marked by divorces and fallings-out as well as by deep friendships. With this book, illustrated with over one hundred photographs, Brenson contextualizes Smith and confirms his singular place in the history of American art.

About Michael Brenson

Michael Brenson is an author, former art critic for The New York Times, and faculty member in sculpture at Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts.