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David Smith: Seven Major Themes

November 7, 1982 – April 24, 1983
East Building, All Levels, Upper Level, Northwest, Pod II (20,000 sq. ft.)

David Smith, Circle I, 1962, painted steel, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund, 1977.60.1

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: Examples were on view from the 7 series of 400 welded metal sculptures executed by David Smith between 1951 and 1965, the year of his death. 63 of the works were made at Smith's home near Bolton Landing on Lake George, New York, where the artist used the open fields to place and store his pieces.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by E.A. Carmean Jr; it was designed by Gaillard Ravenel, Mark Leithauser, and Carmean. Gordon Anson designed the lighting.

Sponsor: The exhibition was supported by a grant from the American Medical Association.

Attendance: 119,224

Catalog: David Smith, by E.A. Carmean Jr. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1982.

Smith, David
American, 1906 - 1965