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White Makes A Splash At New Windsor's Storm King Art Center

Primo Piano III at Storm King Art Center.
Primo Piano III at Storm King Art Center. Photo Credit: Submitted

NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. -- It's a white, white world at Storm King Art Center in New Windsor.

David Smith's The White Sculptures, running now through Nov. 12, is the first exhibition to critically and fully consider the use of the color white within the artist's works.

Smith is widely considered to be one of the foremost artists of the 20th century and was the American sculptor most linked to abstract expressionism. In 1933 he made the first welded iron sculpture in America and went on to produce a diverse body of work that has influenced generations of sculptors who have followed.

At the time of his death in 1965, eight monumental steel sculptures, painted white, stood in the fields surrounding his home and studio in the Adirondack Mountains.

David Smith: The White Sculptures is the first public presentation to unite three among these—the entire Primo Piano series: Primo Piano I, II, and III, all from 1962. The exhibition also features a selection of Smith’s earliest constructions, created out of white coral gathered by the artist during his stay in the Virgin Islands in 1931 and 1932 and rarely shown since.

“We’re thrilled to present the extraordinary work of David Smith for our 2017 season, and to highlight an artist who has played a vital role in Storm King’s history,” said Storm King President, John P. Stern.

“Our presentation provides a singular opportunity to see a focused series of Smith’s work while celebrating the deep connections between his art and one of the core values of Storm King’s mission: to explore art in nature.”

The exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of Storm King’s 1967 acquisition of 13 Smith sculptures, which were sited directly in the landscape. This marked the start of Storm King’s focus on the large-scale, outdoor art installations for which it is now well known.

Storm King Art Center is located at 1 Museum Rd. Go to www.stormking.org , or call 845-534-3115 for more information. Fall, it should be noted, is the Center's busiest time of year.

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