Tony Smith

Few artists make the cover of Time magazine, and Tony Smith’s early years gave few clues to the fame that he would achieve as an artist. Born in New Jersey, where his family owned a waterworks factory, Smith’s schooling at a Jesuit high school and Georgetown University failed to lead him to a career. Fortunately, he landed a job as an office clerk with Frank Lloyd Wright.  This opportunity gave him experience working with three dimensional forms, and while he turned to painting for a period of time, he found his passion in the creation of sculpture. 

Smith became best known for large, geometric, black forms, similar to MAG’s sculpture. His first one-man show was in 1966, the year that Playground was finished.  Smith’s work is considered Minimalist, which refers to a type of art that uses the fewest possible elements to create the maximum effect.