David Smith was born in 1906 in Decatur, Indiana.
After briefly attending college at Ohio University, the University of
Notre Dame, and George Washington University, he moved to New York in
1926, where he studied painting full time at the Art Students League.
During the 1930s he began to focus on sculpture, creating welded
constructions by using found objects and forged metal. Smith moved
permanently to Bolton Landing, in upstate New York, in 1940. Smith
died in a car accident near Bennington, Vermont, in 1965. Major
exhibitions of his sculptures, paintings and drawings have been
presented worldwide since the 1950s, including recent retrospectives
at the Sezon Museum of Art, Tokyo (1994); MNCA, Reina Sofía,
Madrid (1996); and Storm King Art Center, New York (1997-1999). A
centennial retrospective organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim
Museum (2006) traveled to the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and Tate
Modern, London (2006–2007).