Artwork of the Week: March 30

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2 Circle IV is one of a series of sculptures in which David Smith, considered perhaps the greatest American sculptor of the 20th century, explored the interaction between shape, color, and gesture. Smith worked as a welder and riveter in a Studebaker factory in 1925 before studying to be a painter. When he turned to sculpture in the early 1930s, he brought both his knowledge of automotive assembly and his training as a painter to his conception of his work. For 2 Circle IV he used an acetylene torch to cut out the abstracted bird-in-flight shapes and welded the two imperfect circles together.

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