At Matthew Marks, Tony Smith Channels Pollock

Blake Gopnik,
Wednesday, April 1, 2015


THE DAILY PIC: I spotted this 1961 Tetrahedron by Tony Smith at Matthew Marks gallery in New York. It has the geometry of Smith’s famous hard-edged sculptures, which he’d already begun by this time, but here he’s rendered his trademark shapes in the gloopy, emotive, intuitive language of Abstract Expressionism.

That tension with AbEx reminds me of where Warhol was at the same time (of course I can’t help mentioning my hero): He was trying to move forward into crisp new territory, while still held in the grip of the drips of

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