1969 (fabricated 1990)
Tony Smith, American, 1912–1980 American
75.6 x 142.9 x 212.7 cm (29 3/4 x 56 1/4 x 83 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Catherine and Paul Buttenwieser Gallery (Gallery 262)
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.”