The Fields of David Smith (softcover)
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By Candida Smith. With a Memoir by Irving Sandler. Photographs by Jerry L. Thompson.
Published by Storm King Art Center to coincide with a three-year exhibition at The Storm King Art Center, to recapture the experience of viewing Smith's work during his lifetime, in his fields at Bolton Landing in the Adirondacks.
First re-creating the scene at Bolton Landing, a moving essay by Smith's daughter Candida captures in the most personal and direct terms the man himself, his struggles and delights, and the intensity of his working life. This is followed by a memoir by Irving Sandler and reminiscences by friends of the artist. The text is accompanied by photographs taken by fellow artists and by Smith himself.
The balance of the book is a sumptuous album of the evolving Storm King exhibition, featuring major works by Smith sent from collections all over the country. Jerry L. Thompson, one of the foremost photographers of sculpture, has captured Smith's work in summer and snow, at sunrise and dusk, glistening in the rain and presiding over the mists. These photographs provide a new lens through which to view the sculpture of David Smith.