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Tony Smith's Wandering Rocks joins tetrahedrons and octahedrons to create five individual but related objects that eschew the monumental (see Moondog, 1964) and rational (see #Die, 1962/68) approaches of his earlier works. Each element in Wandering Rocks has a separate name—Crocus, Shaft, Dud, Slide, and Smohawk—and is arranged as part of a whole according to the site.


on plate on underside of each of five pieces: Tony Smith / 67/69 4/5


(Pace Gallery, New York); purchased 8 December 1981 by NGA.

Associated Names

Pace Gallery


Strick, Jeremy. Twentieth Century Painting and Sculpture: Selections for the Tenth Anniversary of the East Building. Washington, D.C., 1989: 110, repro. 111.
Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994: 221, repro.
Storr, Robert. Tony Smith: Architect, Painter, Sculptor. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1998: 27, 28, repro. 164.
May, Katherine. "Twenty Years of Repainting Tony Smith." Facture: conservation, science, art history 5 (2021): 146-173, fig. 2.

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