Valerie Carberry Gallery and Wright collaborate to present Wall, a monumental work by Tony Smith from 1964. A sleek mass in painted steel, 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. This special exhibition, the first presentation of a major work by Smith in Chicago in over forty years, will be on view at Wright, 1440 West Hubbard Street from May 6th-20th, Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, with an opening reception May 5th, 5-8pm.
Tony Smith (1912-1980) is best known for his large modular sculpture in black painted steel of the 1960s and 70s. Frequently described in the context of Minimalism, Smith’s elegant and powerful contribution to twentieth century sculpture is represented in the collection of every major US museum, including MoMA, the Met, the Smithsonian, the Whitney, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Walker, just to name a few.