Thursday May 16 2013 6-8pm
Flowers Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of British painter Richard Smith’s most recent works. His
career spans over six decades and his paintings still continue to challenge traditional categories, melding Pop
Art and Abstraction. The exhibition will run from May 17th through June 15th, 2013, with an opening reception
for the artist on Thursday, May 16th, 2013 from 6-8pm.
Richard Smith was born in Hertfordshire in 1931 and studied at the Royal College of Art in London. In 1959
Smith moved to New York City on a Harkness Fellowship, and his early works reference the vivacious
energy of American advertising and consumer culture. Throughout the 1960s and into the early 1970s, Smith
experimented with the structure of stretched canvas by building large-scale frames that expanded into three
dimensions. Smith exhibited as the official British artist at the 1970 Venice Biennale and then took his work in
a new direction, this time taking the canvas off its wooden stretchers and adding aluminum rods at tilted axes
to create a layered effect. Smith hung strings, often tied in knots, from the edges of these pieces and they
became known as his “kite” paintings.
Today his work is minimal and more contained. Rather than testing the boundaries of the canvas with three
dimensional pieces, smith now has turned this exploration inward—creating painted frames within the plane
of the canvas. This latest collection of works maintains Smith’s iconic vibrancy and high-key color, but comes
to a place of serenity.
Richard Smith’s work is included in many public and private collections including The Museum of Modern
Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The
Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia;
The Tate Gallery, London, The British Council Collection, London; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London;
and the Walker Art Center in both Liverpool and Minneapolis. Smith has had numerous solo exhibitions and
participated in many group shows throughout his career. In May of 2013, Smith’s painting titled “Piano” (1963)
will be included as part of Tate Britain’s rehang of 400 works spanning from 1550 to present day. Richard Smith
lives and works on Long Island, New York.
For additional information visit the Flowers Gallery website.
This exhibition is taking place at the New York location.