Raw Color: The Circles of David Smith at The Clark

Visited the Clark Museum in Williamstown, MA. New buildings by Ando are worth the trip. Great show of David Smith’s Circles, on view July 4 – October 19, 2014

From The Clark:

“Raw Color: The Circles of David Smith,” the first presentation to bring together all five of the central Circle sculptures since the National Gallery of Art’s “David Smith” exhibition more than thirty years ago, explores the crucial role that industrial color and its relationship to nature played in the work of one of the twentieth century’s most influential and celebrated sculptors. Painted in hues contrary to those found in nature, Smith’s sculptures were constructed to stand in concert with the dramatic Adirondack landscape of the fields surrounding his home and studio in Bolton Landing, New York where he placed them.

The exhibition assembles nine sculptures and three paintings from, or related to, the artist’s Circle series (1962 – 63). Smith’s boldly painted steel constructions will be on display both indoors and outdoors at the Tadao Ando-designed Stone Hill Center, resituating them against a Berkshires setting that is similar to (and less than one hundred miles away from) the Adirondack site where Smith created and installed them.