Sculptor, Visual Artist, Architect, Theorist on Art
United States - 1912-1980
"I don't make sculpture, I speculate in form." - Tony Smith
Influenced early on by reading naturalist D’Arcy Thompson’s "On Growth and Form" (1917) pertaining to geometric form found in nature and Jay Hambridge’s "Dynamic Symmetry" analyzing the Golden Section as a link between natural forms and ideal geometry, his architecture and painting explored both biomorphic and geometric form as essence. Considering space as a whole, he saw sculpture as a void in a larger invisible structure. A self-taught maverick and mystic, he referred to his buildings as designs and his sculptures as presences. Smith’s dense and difficult work is charged throughout by the tension created when seemingly irreconcilable opposites are fused.
(Excerpt from Re-Approaching Tony Smith by Harriet F. Senie - Sculpture Magazine, November 1998, Vol. 17 No. 9)
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