David Smith Sentinel December 7, 1961

  • Not on view

With its abstract forms and highly polished stainless steel surface, Sentinel initially appears to be an abstract composition. However, the vertical orientation of the piece and the assemblage of geometric forms work in concert with the title to evoke a figure—specifically that of a soldier or a guard. Despite the abstract qualities of his work, Smith never abandoned figuration and figurative references.

Gallery label from 2007.
Medium
Stainless steel
Dimensions
9' x 21" x 24" (274.3 x 53.3 x 61 cm)
Credit
Fractional and promised gift of Leon and Debra Black
Object number
531.1998
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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