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Wandering Rocks

1967-1974

Tony Smith

American, 1912-1980

Mathematical and geometrical structures inherent in molecules and crystals inspired the tetrahedral and octahedral shapes of Wandering Rocks. Tony Smith, who began his career as an architect, was compelled by questions of structure, and by a belief in the mythical and archetypal symbolism of forms. Wandering Rocks finds its title in the wandering of Ulysses in James Joyce's book. The organization of its five parts pays homage to the Royoanji Zen garden in Kyoto, Japan.


Steel, painted black, Smohawk: 23 x 48 3/8 x 28 in.; Shaft: 45 1/2 x 63 3/8 x 28 in.; Crocus: 45 x 43 3/8 x 28 in.; Slide: 23 x 64 3/8 x 28 in.; Dud: 23 x 32 3/8 x 83 1/2 in. Weight: 1368 lb., Gift of the Virginia and Bagley Wright Collection, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum, 2016.17.4, © 2008 Estate of Tony Smith

Provenance: Acquired from the artist; [Fourcade, Droll Inc., New York];[Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York]; Purchased from gallery by Virginia and Bagley Wright, Seattle, 1973.

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Now on view at Olympic Sculpture Park
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What is my intention? It is a new measure of man….

Tony Smith

Artist

Tony Smith

American, 1912-1980

American architect, sculptor, and painter Tony Smith was born in South Orange, New Jersey, and graduated from a Jesuit high school in New York. He dropped out of college to enter his father's manufacturing business, working as a toolmaker, draftsman and purchasing agent, while studying art part-time. At the New Bauhaus in Chicago, Smith studied architecture in 1937, then landed an apprenticeship with Frank Lloyd Wright; he opened his own architectural firm in 1940. In 1955 he returned to the East Coast to teach at Hunter College, Bennington College and later Princeton University. Increasingly he turned his attention to sculpture. In 1966 he exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and since then his work has been presented and collected internationally.

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