New York, NY – Art Production Fund will present Tony Smith’s large-scale One-Two-Three in Bryant Park from March 13th through April 10th, 2013. Specifically conceived for outdoor display, the three-unit steel sculpture from 1976 will be exhibited on Bryant Park’s Fountain Terrace located at the entrance of 6th Avenue and 41st Street. The exhibition serves as a commemoration for the artist’s centennial.
Smith’s work inaugurated the public arts programming in New York City parks with the exhibition of eight plywood sculptures in Bryant Park in 1967. Co-sponsored by the New York City Department of Parks, the exhibition testified to the city’s longstanding commitment to public art in the modern era. “We are thrilled to bring the exceptional work of Tony Smith back to Bryant Park,” said Art Production Fund Co-Founders Yvonne Force Villareal and Doreen Remen. “Smith played a crucial role in public art, and we are honored to continue his legacy for our first historical project.”
Consisting of three geometrical modular black units weighing a total of 2,700 pounds, One-Two-Three asserts a “presence” that requires viewers to respond to the work in physical terms as well as visual. Smith found his sculptures most appreciated and “accepted” in an environment involving nature, as opposed to the confining walls of an institution or gallery. In describing his 1967 exhibition at Bryant Park the artist explained, “the pieces seem inert or dormant in nature, and that is why I like them there, but they may appear aggressive or in hostile territory when seen among other artifacts.”
A contemporary of the Abstract Expressionists—whose influences are reflected in his work—Smith was an architect and painter before he shifted his attention to sculpture in the late 1950s. Regarded as one of the most influential Minimalist sculptors of his generation, he had created more than 50 large-scale and complex sculptures between 1960 and his death in 1980.