Valerie Carberry Gallery, Wright to show monumental work by Tony Smith

Tony Smith (American, 1912-1980), Wall, created in 1964, painted steel, 96 x 216 x 24 inches, to be exhibited May 6-20, 2011 at Wright gallery in Chicago. Image courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery, copyright 2011 Tony Smith Estate/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Tony Smith (American, 1912-1980), Wall, created in 1964, painted steel, 96 x 216 x 24 inches, to be exhibited May 6-20, 2011 at Wright gallery in Chicago. Image courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery, copyright 2011 Tony Smith Estate/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

CHICAGO – A special exhibition, and the first in over 40 years in Chicago to include a major work by Tony Smith (American, 1912-1980), will be presented May 6-20 at Wright gallery. The exhibition is produced in association with Valerie Carberry Gallery.

A sleek mass in painted steel, Smith’s 1964 artwork titled Wall achieves harmony in concept and form. “Smith frees Wall from its architectural function as divider or barrier and creates a stand-alone object that celebrates our relationship to pure form: a sublime viewing experience on a human scale,” says a statement from Wright.

Tony Smith is best known for his large modular sculptures in black painted steel created in the 1960s and ’70s. Frequently described in the context of Minimalism, Smith’s elegant and powerful contribution to 20th century sculpture is represented in the collection of virtually every major American museum, including MoMA, the Met, the Smithsonian, the Whitney, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Walker, to name but a few.

Wall will be on view at Wright, 1440 W. Hubbard St., Chicago, from May 6-20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. An opening reception is planned for Thursday, May 5, from 5-8 p.m.

For additional information about the exhibition, contact Valerie Carberry of Valerie Carberry Gallery by calling 312-297-9990 or e-mailing val@valeriecarberry.com.

To contact the Wright gallery, call 312-563-0020 or e-mail rwright@wright20.com.

About Valerie Carberry Gallery:

Valerie Carberry Gallery opened in 2002 with a program of Modern and Postwar American art and the work of mid-career artists of national stature. Areas of specialty include abstraction of the 1930s and ’40s, and modern sculpture. The gallery exhibits at The Art Show in New York and at Art Basel Miami Beach, and is a member of the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA).

About Wright:

Wright, the Chicago-based international auction house of art and design, has been a leader in the industry since its founding in 2000. Wright has pioneered whole fields of collecting and transformed the market for modern design. From their spacious gallery in Chicago’s West Loop, Wright mounts auctions, exhibitions and private sales throughout the year. Its auctions reach a global audience with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.com.

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Tony Smith (American, 1912-1980), Wall, created in 1964, painted steel, 96 x 216 x 24 inches, to be exhibited May 6-20, 2011 at Wright gallery in Chicago. Image courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery, copyright 2011 Tony Smith Estate/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Tony Smith (American, 1912-1980), Wall, created in 1964, painted steel, 96 x 216 x 24 inches, to be exhibited May 6-20, 2011 at Wright gallery in Chicago. Image courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery, copyright 2011 Tony Smith Estate/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.