Carol Vogel slipped into the bottom of her column this interesting tidbit on Colby College’s $3m acquisition of a David Smith sculpture last week during the Contemporary art sales in New York:
“We have a strong collection of American sculpture, but we didn’t have a David Smith,” said Sharon Corwin, director and chief curator of the museum. The steel sculpture, “Voltri-Bolton II,” from 1962, is one of a series of nearly 30 works Smith created that year from found detritus he shipped back from a trip to Voltri, Italy, near Genoa.
Ms. Corwin said the museum was able to pay for the sculpture with money from its acquisition fund and from donors, including a foundation begun by the painter Alex Katz. (In 1996 Mr. Katz, who has a summer house in nearby Lincolnville, Me., donated about 400 of his works to the college and has helped pay for an expansion there.)
Inside Art: College Buys a Sculpture (New York Times)