Contemporary Art Evening Auction

Contemporary Art Evening Auction

View full screen - View 1 of Lot 122. DAVID SMITH | DESERTED GARDEN LANDSCAPE .

Property from the Collection of Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson


Auction Closed

June 30, 01:51 AM GMT


600,000 - 800,000 USD

Lot Details



1906 - 1965


incised with the artist's signature and dated 1946 on a plaque affixed to the base 

steel and bronze

10 ½ by 11 ½ by 4 ½ in. 26.7 by 29.2 by 11.4 cm.

Estate of the artist

Marlborough-Gerson Gallery, New York 

Acquired by the present owner from the above in 1969

Clement Greenberg, “Art,” Nation, April 1947, pp. 459-460 

David Smith, “I Never Looked at a Landscape—Sculpture Is,” Possibilities I, Winter 1947-48, p. 24, illustrated 

Exh. Cat, Cambridge, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University (and travelling), David Smith, 1906-1965: A Retrospective Exhibition, September 1966 - February 1967, p. 70, no. 150 (text) 

Jerrold Lanes, “Small Sculptures by David Smith at the Marlborough-Gerson Gallery,” Burlington Magazine 110, July 1968, p. 423 

Patricia Railing, “La sculpture américaine de 1940 à 1959," XXe siècle, June 1973, pp. 156-57, no. 40 

Rosalind E. Krauss, The Sculpture of David Smith: A Catalogue Raisonné, New York and London 1977, p. 39, no. 201 (text), and p. 148, fig. 201, illustrated

Ann Eden Gibson, Issues in Abstract Expressionism: The Artist Run Periodicals, New Haven 1990, no. 42, illustrated

Aurélie Barnier, "Une Revue de l'expressionisme abstrait américan: Possibilities (1947-1948)," Les Cahiers du Mnam, No. 71, Spring 2000, p. 112, illustrated

Adelheid M. Gealt, Masterworks from the Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington 2007, p. 38, illustrated 

Washington, D.C., American Association of University Women (organizer); and travelling to Dallas, AAUW National Convention; Indiana, Gary Public Library; Indiana, Fort Wayne Civic Theatre; Worcester, Massachusetts, John Woodman Higgins Armory; Terre Haute, Indiana State Teachers College; Ada, Oklahoma, East Central State College and Public Library; Logan, Utah, City Library; Utah, Provo Public Library; Youngstown, Ohio, Butler Institute of Art; Chicago, Roosevelt College; East Lansing, Michigan State College; Junior Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky; Iowa, Grinnell College; and Auburn, Alabama Polytechnic Institute, David Smith, April 1946 – January 1952

New York, Willard Gallery, David Smith: Sculpture, 1946-1947, April 1947, no. 8 

New York, Marlborough-Gerson Gallery, David Smith: Small Sculptures of the Mid-Forties, May - June 1968, p. 7, illustrated 

New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Painting and Sculpture: 1940-1970, October 1969 - February 1970, p. 303, illustrated 

Santa Barbara, Art Galleries, University of California, Nineteen Sculptors of the 40s, April - May 1973, p. 21, no. 88 (text), and p. 77, illustrated

San Francisco, John Berggruen Gallery, Twentieth Century Sculpture, June - August 1978

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Celebrating Modern Art: The Anderson Collection, October 2000 - January 2001, p. 66, pl. 6, illustrated in color, p. 259 (text), and p. 387, no. 276 (text)

New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Paris, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou; and London, Tate Modern, David Smith: A Centennial, February 2006 - January 2007, p. 134, no. 40, illustrated in color, and p. 299 (text) (New York only)