David Smith

Agricola VIII

1952

Medium
Bronze and steel, painted
Dimensions
Object: 806 x 539 x 476 mm
Collection
Lent from The Estate of David Smith
On long term loan
Reference
L01609

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The use of ‘Agricola’, the Latin word for farmer, in the title of this work refers to the agricultural implements from which it is made. Smith found many of the tools and disused machinery parts he used in his sculpture lying around near his home in upstate New York. He wrote: ‘Forms in function are not often appreciated in their context except for their mechanical performance. With time and the passing of their function... metaphoric changes can take place permitting a new unity, one that is strictly visual’.

Gallery label, July 2008

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