The New York Times had the announcement that the David Smith Foundation has moved to Hauser + Wirth. Peter Stevens, the artist’s son-in-law and head of the foundation, spoke to Robin Pogrebin:
“Hauser & Wirth strikes me as a gallery that has a new approach,” Mr. Stevens said.
It will include bringing the work of Mr. Smith — the sculptor perhaps most closely linked with Abstract Expressionism, who died in 1965 — to places like Asia and South America, “where there are very few of his works, if any,” Mr. Stevens said. “He’s known just from history books.”
Marc Payot, Hauser & Wirth’s partner and vice president, said the gallery would approach the work of Mr. Smith — who, he said, ranked with Giacometti and Brancusi — much as it did art by the sculptor Eva Hesse; it was not about establishing her historical importance so much as rediscovery.
“We focused on a lesser known body of work, brought in curators,” Mr. Payot said. “That’s what we are planning with Smith — to revisit and recontextualize the work.”
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