'Multiplying the associations': David Smith and Modern Paints

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Abstract

The American sculptor, David Smith is widely known for his welded steel constructions, but his work is also characterized by an enduring conversation between drawing and sculpture. Although it has for many years been assumed (erroneously) that Smith only used a self-created mixture of egg yolk and black ink in the abstract calligraphic drawings that he made during the 1950s, new research has demonstrated that in fact Smith utilised a variety of modern paints and resins to nuance his work on paper. The following article illustrates Smith’s use of modern paints by touching briefly on a number of examples where Smith used the expressive potential of alkyds, acrylics and vinyl paints in his work, and discusses the importance of their identification both for their preservation and for the enrichment of our understanding of his work.
Translated title of the contribution'Multiplying the associations': David Smith and Modern Paints
Original languageSpanish
Title of host publicationIIC-GEC 12a Jornada de Conservación de Arte Contemporáneo
Place of PublicationMadrid
PublisherMinisterio de Cultura y Deporte, Spain
Volume12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2011
EventInternational Institute for Conservation, Grupo Espanol (IIC-GEC)
12a Jornada de Conservación de Arte Contemporáneo
- Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain
Duration: 1 Feb 20113 Feb 2011

Conference

ConferenceInternational Institute for Conservation, Grupo Espanol (IIC-GEC)
12a Jornada de Conservación de Arte Contemporáneo
Abbreviated title12a Jornada de Conservación de Arte Contemporáneo
CountrySpain
CityMadrid
Period1/02/113/02/11

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