Lot 12
  • 12

David Smith

Estimate
180,000 - 250,000 EUR
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Description

  • David Smith
  • Sans Titre
  • signé et daté 1959; signé et daté 1959 sur le châssis au dos
  • bombe aérosol et huile sur toile
  • 290 x 25 cm; 114 3/16 x 9 13/16 in.
  • Exécuté en 1959.

Provenance

Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
Anthony d'Offay Gallery, Londres
Collection particulière, Paris

Exhibited

Londres, Anthony d'Offay Gallery, Sprays from Bolton Landing, 2 juillet - 24 août 1985

Condition

The colours are fairly accurate in the catalogue illustration although the overall tonality is lighter and more contrasted in the original work, especially in the drippings. The work is executed on its original canvas and is not relined. Under Ultra Violet light inspection, there is no evidence of restoration. This work is in excellent condition.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
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Catalogue Note

Photographie de sa salle à manger par David Smith, circa 1959 © Estate of David Smith/VAGA, New York

"La technique des 'spray paints' en dit long sur moi. Plus que n’importe quelle méthode que j’ai utilisé dans ma carrière. Quand je place les objets que j’ai choisi sur la toile et saisis la bombe aérosol pour pulvériser la peinture, il se passe quelque chose d’extraordinaire. Ma tête se vide. Le temps s’arrête. Je me révèle à moi-même."

"The spray paint technique says a lot about me. More so than any other technique I have used throughout my career. When I place the chosen objects on the canvas and take the can to spray the paint, that's when the marvel happens. My mind empties. Time stops. The work becomes my identity."

David Smith (discours à l’Université de l’Ohio à Athènes, Ohio, 17 avril 1959)