For V.T.

For centuries, artists have explored the relation between human and geometric proportions.

Smith’s sculptures are non-figurative, but he was always thinking about the scale of the human body and the ways that people would interact with his geometric forms. This work is from a series of nine sculptures, each created for a friend of the artist and bearing that person’s initials. Although the pieces are inanimate, Smith called them “presences.”


The artist; with Artist's Estate; with Paula Cooper Gallery, New York; to Pentti Kouri, New York; purchased by Jeffrey E. Horvitz, Beverly Farms, MA, at Sotheby's New York, May 4, 1993, Lot 154; to MFA, Boston, 1997

Credit Line

Gift of Jeffrey E. Horvitz


© 2011 Estate of Tony Smith / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

For V.T.

  • 1969 (fabricated 1990)
  • Tony Smith, American, 1912–1980
75.6 x 142.9 x 212.7 cm (29 3/4 x 56 1/4 x 83 3/4 in.)
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On view
Catherine and Paul Buttenwieser Gallery (What is it about?) - 262