Richard SmithEarly Reply 1972

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Richard Smith (born 1931)
Early Reply
Date 1972
MediumAcrylic paint, canvas, metal and fabric
Dimensionssupport: 1359 x 2972 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1975
Not on display

Catalogue entry

T02005 EARLY REPLY 1972

Not inscribed
Acrylic on canvas, aluminium rods sewn in, tapes stitched on 53 1/2×117 (136×297)
Purchased from the Waddington Galleries (Gytha Trust) 1975
Coll: Bought from the artist by Kasmin Gallery, 1972, sold to Waddington Galleries 1975
Exh: Richard Smith: New Paintings, Kasmin Gallery, July–August 1972 (no catalogue); Richard Smith: Seven Exhibitions 1961–75, Tate Gallery, August–September 1975 (60. repr. p.100)
Lit: Barbara Rose ‘An interview with Richard Smith’ in Studio International, CXC, 1975, pp.165–7

‘Early Reply’ was one of the first completed paintings of this type. The first three were ‘Yellow Board’, ‘Early Reply’ and ‘Untitled (Blue)’. It was a reply to the large shaped canvases which Smith had been making, and early because it was at the beginning of this new type of work. Ten canvases of this kind were exhibited as Kasmin's gallery in 1972, all of which were titled after they were complete, and some as the exhibition was being hung… (read more)

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