New York

New York

Tony Smith

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
July 1–September 22, 1998

Thanks to his prominent position in Kynaston McShine's “Primary Structures,” the 1966 Jewish Museum exhibition that sent Minimalism into orbit, Tony Smith has been rather randomly lumped in with that movement. A decade older than Judd and Andre, he was actually closer in age to the second-generation Abstract Expressionists; in this first retrospective since his death in 1980, one should be able to explore any affinities he shared with that loose group before he moved on to the style for which we know him best. The exhibition, organized by MoMA curator Robert Storr, consulting architecture curator John Keenan, and the Public Art Fund's Tom Eccles, will devote considerable attention to Smith's work as an architect: “He was a true polymath,” remarks Storr. “His principles of form apply across the board.”