Photography Reinvents Sculpture

Sarah Hamill’s recent talk at the museum on how and why David Smith’s photographs matter inspired this comparison. Consider the photographs below of the museum’s Bouquet of Concaves (1959). The photo on the left was was taken by Smith; the one on the right one wasn’t.

(Left) Bouquet of Concaves as photographed by David Smith at Bolton Landing, 1959. Color transparency. © Estate of David Smith/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.  (Right) David Smith. Bouquet of Concaves, 1959, Steel, painted. The Phillips Collection, gift of Gifford and Joann Phillips, 2008. © Estate of David Smith/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

If you’re interested in learning more about Hamill’s take on Smith’s photographs, check out the exhibition catalogue for David Smith Invents.

Making David Smith Dance

David Smith’s study of moving forms and dancers, in particular choreographer Martha Graham, served as the inspiration for the recent public program–Making Shapes in Space: David Smith and Dance.  Kelly Mayfield, artistic director of Contradiction Dance, choreographed a response to the energy and movement of the sculptures in David Smith Invents.

Compare the company’s interpretation of Bouquet of Concaves to the sculpture in the Phillips. What’s your take on this cross-disciplinary collaboration?

Contradiction Dance company's interpretation of Bouquet of Concaves (Photo by James R. Brantley)

David Smith. Bouquet of Concaves , 1959. Steel, painted. The Phillips Collection, gift of Gifford and Joann Phillips, 2008. © Estate of David Smith/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

If you’re interested in more photos from the performance, check out our Flickr set.