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Artist of the moment……..David Roland Smith

 

 

David Roland Smith was an American painter and sculptor renown for his Cubist and Abstract style. David Smith was born in Decatur, Indiana in the year 1906. His sculpture works were often public sized commissions made of steel that featured basic geometric shapes.

Smith briefly attended Ohio University and Notre Dame University before leaving college to become a full time welder in Indiana. He would move to New York City a few years later.

Below a sculpture by David Smith from the campus of the University California at Los Angeles:

Smith studied at the Art Student’s League of New York City.

He was married to fellow artist Dorothy Dehner. When the couple was first married they bought a farm. The era of the Great Depression soon took place. The couple had more than 60 acres of land, but no electricity or running water in the house. The two were very proud of the way they managed themselves during this difficult time period.

During the time of World War 2, with resources being scarce, the artist concentrated on painting rather than sculpting.

David Rolland Smith was killed in an automobile accident in 1965.

In this clip a great interview with David Smith talking about how Cubism influenced his artwork. Some works are shown at the 3 minute mark of the clip:

price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $500,000. The artist produced many works in oils, inks, and watercolor.

The artist started to produce his large and public sized works after receiving a Guggenheim Fellowship.

What a great combination of basic shapes and raw materials. I found some surface qualities to be similar to the Shona and Inuit carvers.

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Artist of the moment….Dorothy Dehner

Dorothy Dehner was an American sculptor born in Cleveland, Ohio in the year 1901. For her artistic education Dehner studied dance at the University of California at Los Angeles, California. In addition Dehner attendedĀ  the American Academy of Dramatic Art located in New York City.

Price range information: Works range from $4,000 to $50,000.

Dehner was married to a fellow artist named Roland David Smith. Smith was an Abstract Expressionist that worked with sculpture and worked on a very large scale. The couple were married from 1927 until 1952 but died young in a car crash in 1965. This interview features David Smith talking about his artwork:

Dehner would marry again, her second husband ran a publishing company.

Dehner also attended the Art Student’s League of New York City.For her printmaking studies she studied under Stanley Hayter at a private atelier. Below an example of Hayter’s abstract art.

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Dorothy Dehner passed away in 1994.

Dorothy Dehner is part of many prominent museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Smithsonian Art Museum.

What a great level of abstraction in both her printwork and sculptures.

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