1906 · United States
David Smith is regarded as a well established artist, who was born in the United States. David Smith was born in 1906. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Franz Kline, Mark Rothko, Lee Krasner, Willem de Kooning and Ansel Adams.
Galleries and Exhibitions
David Smith is represented and exhibited by several galleries around the world, in countries such as the United Kingdom, France, and the United States. Some of those galleries are Hauser & Wirth London | Savile Row in the United Kingdom, Galerie Karsten Greve | Paris in France, and Hollis Taggart Galleries in the United States. David Smith's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition The Smiths at Marlborough Contemporary | London in the United Kingdom. The exhibition was open from 02 July 2019 until 01 August 2019.
Historical Context of United States
The US, especially New York city, endures as a focal point that has played a significant role in developing modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century. The concept of New York as a new cosmopolitan and highly influential art hub came to be in the post war era, and the city thrived in affirming its dominance over Paris, which used to be considered as the most powerful global art capital. The authority of the political and economic institutions of the United States in the modern era has granted the country with a prevailing influence on the visual culture of the world. Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, are influential art movements that flourished in the US. These very movements also reverberated into a multitude of variations, such as diverse forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast adaptations of Pop Art, among others. Some internationally distinguished U.S artists of the contemporary period age include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.
Further Biographical Context for David Smith
Born in 1906, David Smith's creative work was largely influenced by the 1920s. The 1920s and 1930s saw continued development and evolution of the key innovations of the first years of the twentieth century. To have this time as the formative period for an artist was to be surrounded by innovative practitioners of the pictorial arts. It was also a time of recovery and introspection after the horrors of the First World War, which saw significant shifts in the political world. Marxism was a widespread political ideology which was also extremely influential amongst artists and their communities. notable artistic developments included a kind of expressive characteristic which was epitomised by Brancusi, Modigliani and Soutine in Paris. Surrealism developed throughout the 1920s and 1930s, with a focus on the human unconscious - a vital idea of Freudian theory. Key Surrealist artists include Salvador Dali, Giorgio de Chirico, Andre Breton, Rene Magritte and Paul Delvaux. Due to its cultural importance, much of this ideology spread across the globe.