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Fifteen Planes


David Smith

American, 1906-1965

The main themes of Smith's sculptural output are landscape, the figure, and geometric abstraction--and this work combines all three. Fifteen Planes was among his first sculptures fabricated entirely of stainless-steel, a material he favored for outdoor installations and to better reflect light, suggest depth, and bring lightness to his forms. In both material and composition, it anticipates Smith's final, most famous series of sculptures, called "Cubi."

Polished stainless steel, 113 3/4 x 59 1/16 x 16 in. (289 x 150 x 40.7 cm), Gift of the Virginia Wright Fund, 74.1, © Estate of David Smith

Inscribed: At L front corner of base: David Smith/1957 8

Provenance: Artist's collection, Bolton Landing; [Marlborough Gallery, Inc., New York, NY]; Harry W. Anderson, Menlo Park, CA, 1 April 1969; Mr. and Mrs. Bagley Wright, Seattle, WA, 1970

Now on view at Seattle Art Museum