RICHARD SMITH

Biography

(B. 1931, Letchworth, Hertfordshire, UK)
English printmaker and painter; Settled in New York

Richard Smith is an English printmaker and painter. In 1959 he travelled to New York to live there and teach for two years on a Harkness Fellowship, where he produced paintings combining the formal qualities of American abstract painters, which made references to American commercial culture. His work gradually became more minimal, often painted in just one colour with a second colour used only as an accent. In trying to find ways of transposing ideas, Smith began to question the two-dimensional properties of art itself and to find ways by which a painting could express the shape of reality as he saw it. He began to take the canvas off the stretcher, letting it hang loose, or tied with knots, to suggest sails or kites – objects which could change with new directions rather than being held rigid against a wall, and taking painting close to the realm of sculpture. These principles he carried into his graphic work by introducing cut, folded and stapled elements into his prints; some works were multi-leaved screen-printing, and others printed onto three-dimensional fabricated metal. By 1968 Smith’s ambition to produce paintings, which shared a common sensibility with media, such as film and photography, began to wane. He works with paint, metal, and screen-printing materials. His work has a Contemporary feel and structural quality.

Solo Exhibition
2015 Richard Smith, Untitled, Charing Cross Hospital, London, UK
2010 Flowers New York, USA
2008 Flowers Kingsland Road, London, UK
2008 Flowers Graphics, London, UK
2001 Jay Grimm Gallery, New York, USA
2001 Flowers Cork Street, London, UK
2001 Flowers Kingsland Road, London, UK
1996/7 Paintings, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, UK
1995-7 Prints and Monoprints, Flowers Graphics, London, UK
1995 Out of Print, Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Cyprus
1995 Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, USA
1992 Wassermann Galerie, Munich, Germany
1984 Richard Smith: Graphics and Multiples, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
1981 Richard Smith: Graphics and Multiples, Canberra, Australia
1980/84/90 Knoedler Gallery, London, UK
1979 The Museum of Art at Washington State, Pullman, Washington, USA
1975 Tetrospective: Seven Exhibitions 1961-75, Tate Gallery, London, UK
1974 X BIENNALE INTERNATIONALE D’ART, Palais de l’Europe, Menton, France
1973 Hayward Gallery, London, UK
1973 Galerie Schottenring, Vienna, Austria
1972 Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK
1971 Richard Smith: Graphics and Multiples, Belgium, Antwerp, Academie des Beaux-Arts, Maison de la culture, Namur, Belgium
1970 XXXV Venice Biennale, British Pavillon, Venice, Italy
1968 Jewish Museum, New York, USA
1966/87/92/93/94 Richard Feigen Gallery New York, USA
1966 Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
1962 Institute of Contemporary Art, London 1961 Green Gallery, New York, USA
1961 Green Gallery, New York, USA

Group Exhibitions
2016/17 This Was Tomorrow: Pop Art in Great Britain, Kunstmusemu, Wolfburg, Germany
2016 This Is Today, Gazelli Art House, London, UK
2015 Remembering Things Past, Islip Art Museum, New York, USA
2015 Colour correction: British and American Screen-prints 1967-1975, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, USA
2014 Seven from the Seventies, Flowers Kingsland Road, London, UK
2013 OP + POP – Experimental American artists from 1960 State gallery, Stuttgart, Germany
2013 The New Situation – Art in London in the Sixties, Sotheby’s, London, UK
2012 100 Prints, Flowers Kingsland Road, London, UK
2011 Summer Selections, Flowers Kingsland Road, London, UK
2011 ‘Flowers Edition’, Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury, UK
2010 40 Years On, Flowers Kingsland Road, London, UK
2010 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, UK
2010 Swinging Chelsea, The Andipa Gallery, London, UK
2010 Modern Masters, Flowers Cork Street, London, UK
2010 What a Relief, Flowers Kingsland Road, London, UK
2010 Small is Beautiful, Flowers Cork Street, London, UK
2010 Personal Agenda, Flowers New York, USA
2007 Paintings from the Noughties, Letterkenny Arts Centre, Donnegal, Ireland
2007 Small is Beautiful, Flowers Kingsland Road, London, UK
2007 Small is Beautiful, Flowers, New York, USA
2007 V22 Contemporary Art Collection, London, UK
2007 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
2007 Collage, Flowers Kingsland Road, London, UK
2006 Small is Beautiful, Flowers Cork Street, London, UK
1999 Works on Paper, Flowers East, London, UK
1999 Small is Beautiful, Flowers West, Santa Monica Tate Britain, London, UK
1999 Flowers Eleven, Flowers Central, London, UK
1999 New British Art Part II, New York, USA
1999 Flowers Twelve, Flowers Central, London, UK
1999 Abstract Compositions, Flowers Graphics, UK
1999 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, UK
1999 Flowers West at Keller and Greene, Flowers West, London, UK
1999 Six from the Sixties, Flowers East, London, UK
1999 Art from the ’60s – This was Tomorrow, Tate, London, UK
1999 35th Anniversary Exhibition, Flowers East, London, UK
1999 Small is Beautiful, Flowers Central, London, UK
1999 Stroll on – Aspects of British Art in the Sixties, MAMCO Geneva, Switzerland
1994 British Abstract Art, Part 1: Painting, Flowers East, London, UK
1994 British Abstract Art, Part III, Flowers East, London, UK
1994 Flowers West, Santa Monica, CA, USA
1993 The Sixties Art Scene in London, Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK
1992-3 Pop Art, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada
1992 Ready, Steady, Go, Paintings from the Sixties from the Arts Council Collection, Foyer Galleries, Royal Festival Hall, London, UK
1987 British Art in the 20th Century, Royal Academy of Art, London, UK
1987 Pop Art, Royal Academy of Art, London and touring to Cologne and Madrid, Spain
1986 Forty Years of Modern Art, 1945-1985, Tate Gallery, London, UK
1985 Pop Art 1955-70, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia and touring
1974 British Painting ‘74, Hayward Gallery, London, UK
1970 Contemporary British Art, Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
1968 Musee des Artes Decoratifs, Paris, France
1966 Aspects of British Art, Auckland City Art Gallery, New Zealand & touring New Zealand and Australia
1966 Caro, Cohen, Denny, Smith, Kasmin Gallery, London, UK
1965-6 London: The New Scene, Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis and touring, US and Canada
1964-5 Neue Realisten & Pop Art, Akademie de Kunste, Berlin, Germany
1964 Painting and Sculpture of a Decade, Tate Gallery, London, UK
1964 The Shaped Canvas, The Soloman R.Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
1962-3 British Art Today, San Francisco Museum of Art, USA
1962-3 British Painting of the Sixties, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
1957 New Trends in British art, New York Art Foundation, Rome, Italy
1954 Young Contemporaries, RBA Galleries, London, UK

Public Collections
Art Gallery of Western Australia
Perth Arts Council of Great Britain, UK
British Council Collection, UK
The British Museum, London, UK
Centro de Arte Moderna, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon Dechert LLP, London, UK
Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy
Government Art Collection, London, UK
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. USA
Kaiser-Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld, Germany
Lloyds TSB Group plc, London, UK
The Louisiana Museum, Denmark
Metrpolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
The Museum of Contemorary Art, Chicago, USA
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, UK
Philadephia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA
Power Gallery of Contemporary Art, University of Sydney, Australia
Staaliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich, Germany
The Tate Gallery, London, UK
Ulster Museum, Belfast, UK
The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK

Education
1959-61 Taught two years on a Harkness Fellowship in New York, USA
1954-57 Studied at Royal College of Art, London, UK
1948-50 Studied at Luton School of Art, Luton, UK

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