George Smith

george smith


“My work represents a Neo-African American style as a result of my natural [African] heritage. And I am interested in doing a monumental memorial sculpture for African Americans that all the Black people of the world can relate to." - George Smith, 1976

George Smith was born in Buffalo, New York and became interested in Abstract Expressionist art for the first time while visiting the Albright-Knox Gallery during a class field trip. He went on to study art at The San Francisco Art Institute and Hunter College, where he studied under prominent minimalist sculptor, Tony Smith. George Smith’s artwork combines his various influences of abstraction and minimalism with inspiration of African history and culture. He specifically focused on studying the art, architecture, and history of the Dogon people of Mali in West Africa.

kern's section


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Title: Kern’s Section
Artist: George Smith (b. 1941)  
Date: n.d.
Medium: steel             
Dimensions: 17 x 28 x 2 inches
Accession Number: H77.67








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