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Cubi XXV

Photo: Jonathan Vanderweit

Cubi XXV


David Smith

American, 1906-1965

Situated within a career defined by sculptural innovation, David Smith’s Cubi XXV is one of a series of twenty-eight sculptures considered to be the artist’s culminating body of work, and one of the last completed before the artist’s untimely death in 1965. Executed between the years 1961 and 1965, Smith’s Cubi are known for their explorations of volume, shape, scale, and surface. In the case of Cubi XXV, stainless steel cylindrical forms balance on extended beams. Often linked to Minimalism due to their industrial medium and form, the sculptures’ shimmering wire-brushed surfaces also find connection to Abstract Expressionism, due to their gestural and emotive qualities.
Stainless steel
119 1/4 × 120 3/4 × 31 1/4 in. (302.9 × 306.7 × 79.4 cm)
Gift of the Friday Foundation in honor of Richard E. Lang and Jane Lang Davis
Provenance: Estate of the artist; Meshulam Riklis, New York; [Luis Mestre Fine Arts, New York]; purchased from gallery by Jane and Richard Lang, Seattle, Washington, 1978
Photo: Jonathan Vanderweit
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistoryNew York, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Painting and Sculpture, 1940-1970, 1969. Cat. no. 375, pp. 60, 131, reproduced.
Published ReferencesFry, Edward S. David Smith. New York: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. No cat. no., pp. 13, 154, 161.

Krauss, Rosalind E. The Sculpture of David Smith: A Catalogue Raisonné. New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1977. Cat. no. 673, p. 121, reproduced fig. 673 as Cubi XV [sic].

Guenther, Bruce and Barbara Johns. The Richard and Jane Lang Collection. Exh. Cat. Seattle: Seattle Art Museum, 1984. Cat. no. 42, reproduced p. 5. [Not included in exhibition.]

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