Matthew Marks is pleased to announce an exhibition of three large-scale black-painted steel sculptures by Tony Smith, the next exhibition in his gallery at 522 West 22nd Street. The sculptures, Playground,Wall, and Maze, were made over a five-year period starting in 1962, and they provide an overview of Smith’s signature style during this formative decade.
Smith once said that Playground, made in 1962, the same year as his seminal work Die, recalled architectural plans of ancient mud-brick buildings.
Measuring eight feet high and eighteen feet long, Wall (1964) was made with two identical sections of an earlier sculpture combined end-to-end. The proportions of the resulting work relate to the golden ratio.
Maze (1967), which is ten feet wide, fifteen feet long, and nearly seven feet tall, is comprised of four individual parts creating a single unit. “In a certain sense it is a labyrinth of the mind,” Smith said. “You can see that it becomes quite complex, but at the same time everything falls in very, very simply.”