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(1906 – 1996), USA

Leon Polk Smith Biography

Considered one of the founders of the hard-edge style of minimalist art, Leon Polk Smith rose to prominence in the late 1950s and early 1960s with his distinctive shaped canvas series — the Correspondences. These large canvases typically consist of two vibrantly-coloured painted shapes defined by a precise but often irregular contour. While Minimalist peers of his during that time were shifting away from Modernism and rejecting relationality, Smith was wholeheartedly advancing the formal and rational elements of the Modernist tradition.

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A retrospective of Smith's work was organised by The Brooklyn Museum, New York, in 1996. His work is in numerous public and private collections worldwide including Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, USA; Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, USA; The Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA; Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio, USA; Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, Arkansas, USA; Dallas Museum of Art, Texas, USA; Detroit Institute of Art, Michigan, USA; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., USA; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California, USA; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA; Morgan Library and Museum, New York, USA; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA; Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Germany; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; MACBA - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires, Argentina; Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany; Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany; and Vancouver Art Gallery, British Columbia, Canada, among others.

Text courtesy Lisson Gallery.

Leon Polk Smith Featured Artworks

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Four Blue Diagonals by Leon Polk Smith contemporary artwork painting
Leon Polk SmithFour Blue Diagonals, 1950Paint on canvas
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Black White Diagonal by Leon Polk Smith contemporary artwork painting
Leon Polk SmithBlack White Diagonal, 1957Paint on canvas
69.8 x 139.7 cm
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Rowell by Leon Polk Smith contemporary artwork painting
Leon Polk Smith"Rowell", 1957Paint on canvas
144.8 x 144.8 cm
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Pontotoc by Leon Polk Smith contemporary artwork painting
Leon Polk SmithPontotoc, 1958Paint on canvas
122.6 x 122.6 cm
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Correspondence Black and Blue by Leon Polk Smith contemporary artwork painting
Leon Polk SmithCorrespondence Black and Blue, 1960Paint on canvas
120 x 120 x 3 cm
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Black Orange Circle by Leon Polk Smith contemporary artwork painting
Leon Polk SmithBlack Orange Circle, 1980Paint on canvas
137.8 x 137.8 x 3.5 cm
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Constellation Six Circles by Leon Polk Smith contemporary artwork painting
Leon Polk SmithConstellation Six Circles, 1969Acrylic on canvas
182.9 x 162.6 x 2.5 cm
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Untitled by Leon Polk Smith contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Leon Polk SmithUntitled, 1968Paint on embossed paper
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Leon Polk Smith Recent Exhibitions

Leon Polk Smith Represented By

Lisson Gallery contemporary art gallery in Lisson Street, London, United Kingdom Lisson Gallery East Hampton, London, New York, Shanghai

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