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Leon Polk Smith Art

American, 1906-1996
Leon Polk Smith (1906 -1996) holds a unique place in a long tradition of American geometric abstract painting, which includes such artists as Bourgoyne Diller, Fritz Glarner, Al Held, and Ellsworth Kelly. Born near Chikasha, a Native American territory later annexed by the U.S. as the state of Oklahoma, Smith’s parents, who were of Cherokee ancestry, raised him with both a strong sense of his heritage and an abiding respect for the land. Art would eventually draw Smith to New York where he would quickly embrace elements of geometric abstraction in his work. His visual vocabulary was influenced by such historical figures as Hilla Rebay, both an abstract painter and the first director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Dutch De Stijl painter Piet Mondrian. However, many of Smith’s hard-edge compositions could be viewed as distillations of imagery drawn from the Oklahoma landscape and Native American art forms of his youth. Polk Smith’s exploration of non-objective imagery in the late 1950s put him at the forefront of movements including Color Field, Minimalist, and Hard Edge painting. Robert Buck, former director of the Brooklyn Museum, described Polk Smith as “an influential pioneer in the development of American Modernism”, adding, “He created a new vocabulary in painting that has had a far-reaching influence on subsequent generations of artists.” One of Smith’s earliest and most successful forays into printmaking came in 1968 when he received a grant to work at June Wayne’s Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles. Smith would create sixteen untitled prints at Tamarind. These bold and vibrant prints incorporate a variety of his painting motifs, many of which relate to his Correspondence Series of 1960-1967, with their interplay of organic forms on solid color backgrounds. Prints would continue to be an important aspect of Smith’s creative output. The artist would go on to make over 50 print editions in this country and Europe.
(Biography provided by Betsy Senior Fine Art)
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Werkubersicht/Work-Overview D, Large Silkscreen by Leon Polk-Smith
By Leon Polk Smith
Located in Long Island City, NY
An original hand-signed and numbered minimalist silkscreen from the Werkubersicht/Work-Overview Portfolio. Leon Polk Smith is credited with the founding of the hard-edge art movement...
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1970s Abstract Geometric Leon Polk Smith Art

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Screen

Werkubersicht/Work-Overview H, Large Silkscreen by Leon Polk-Smith
By Leon Polk Smith
Located in Long Island City, NY
An original hand-signed and numbered minimalist silkscreen from the Werkubersicht/Work-Overview Portfolio. Leon Polk Smith is credited with the founding of the hard-edge art movement...
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1970s Abstract Geometric Leon Polk Smith Art

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Screen

Werkubersicht/Work-Overview I, Large Silkscreen by Leon Polk-Smith
By Leon Polk Smith
Located in Long Island City, NY
An original hand-signed and numbered minimalist silkscreen from the Werkubersicht/Work-Overview Portfolio. Leon Polk Smith is credited with the founding of the hard-edge art movement...
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1970s Abstract Geometric Leon Polk Smith Art

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Screen

Werkubersicht/Work-Overview E, Large Silkscreen by Leon Polk-Smith
By Leon Polk Smith
Located in Long Island City, NY
An original hand-signed and numbered minimalist silkscreen from the Werkubersicht/Work-Overview Portfolio. Leon Polk Smith is credited with the founding of the hard-edge art movement...
Category

1970s Abstract Geometric Leon Polk Smith Art

Materials

Screen

Werkubersicht/Work-Overview J, Large Silkscreen by Leon Polk-Smith
By Leon Polk Smith
Located in Long Island City, NY
An original hand-signed and numbered minimalist silkscreen from the Werkubersicht/Work-Overview Portfolio. Leon Polk Smith is credited with the founding of the hard-edge art movement...
Category

1970s Abstract Geometric Leon Polk Smith Art

Materials

Screen

Werkubersicht/Work-Overview F, Large Silkscreen by Leon Polk-Smith
By Leon Polk Smith
Located in Long Island City, NY
An original hand-signed and numbered minimalist silkscreen from the Werkubersicht/Work-Overview Portfolio. Leon Polk Smith is credited with the founding of the hard-edge art movement...
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1970s Abstract Geometric Leon Polk Smith Art

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Screen

Untitled (Tondo) A
By Leon Polk Smith
Located in New York, NY
A screen print on paper by American artist Leon Polk Smith. Edition of 80
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Geometric Leon Polk Smith Art

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Paper, Screen

Untitled, from the portfolio formen der farbe
By Leon Polk Smith
Located in New York, NY
A silkscreen on paper from American artist Leon Polk Smith.
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Mid-20th Century Leon Polk Smith Art

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Paper, Screen

Untitled (Tamarind O )
By Leon Polk Smith
Located in New York, NY
A Leon Polk Smith Lithograph print on paper from 1968 with a Mid-century modern sense of style.
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Mid-20th Century Hard-Edge Leon Polk Smith Art

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Lithograph

Untitled (Tondo) C
By Leon Polk Smith
Located in New York, NY
A screen print on paper by American artist Leon Polk Smith. Edition of 80.
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Geometric Leon Polk Smith Art

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Paper, Screen

Color Forms (G)
By Leon Polk Smith
Located in New York, NY
1974, screenprint, 33 x 23 1/4 inches, edition of 150
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1970s Color-Field Leon Polk Smith Art

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Screen

Untitled (Tamarind M)
By Leon Polk Smith
Located in New York, NY
1968, Lithograph on paper, 30 5/16 x 22 3/8 inches, edition of 20
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1960s Hard-Edge Leon Polk Smith Art

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Lithograph

Untitled (Tamarind H)
By Leon Polk Smith
Located in New York, NY
1968, Lithograph on paper, 23 x 17 1/2 inches, edition of 20
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1960s Hard-Edge Leon Polk Smith Art

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Lithograph

Color Forms (E)
By Leon Polk Smith
Located in New York, NY
1974, screenprint, 33 x 23 1/4 inches, edition of 150
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1970s Color-Field Leon Polk Smith Art

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Screen

Color Forms (F)
By Leon Polk Smith
Located in New York, NY
1974, screenprint, 33 x 23 1/4 inches, edition of 150
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1970s Color-Field Leon Polk Smith Art

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Screen

Color Forms (B)
By Leon Polk Smith
Located in New York, NY
1974, screenprint, 33 x 23 1/4 inches, edition of 150
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1970s Color-Field Leon Polk Smith Art

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Screen

Untitled (Tamarind C)
By Leon Polk Smith
Located in New York, NY
1968, lithograph on paper, 30 x 21 1/8 inches, edition of 20
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1960s Hard-Edge Leon Polk Smith Art

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Lithograph

Untitled (Tamarind B)
By Leon Polk Smith
Located in New York, NY
1968, lithograph on paper, 29 3/4 x 19 3/4 inches, edition of 20
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1960s Hard-Edge Leon Polk Smith Art

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Lithograph

Werkubersicht/Work-Overview A
By Leon Polk Smith
Located in New York, NY
1947-1987, serigraph on paper, 46 1/2 x 32 inches, edition of 90
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1980s Abstract Geometric Leon Polk Smith Art

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Screen

Werkubersicht/Work-Overview D
By Leon Polk Smith
Located in New York, NY
1949-1987, serigraph on paper, 46 1/2 x 32 inches, edition of 90
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1980s Abstract Geometric Leon Polk Smith Art

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Screen

Color Forms (A)
By Leon Polk Smith
Located in New York, NY
1974, screenprint, 33 x 23 1/4 inches, edition of 150
Category

1970s Color-Field Leon Polk Smith Art

Materials

Screen

Werkubersicht/Work-Overview G
By Leon Polk Smith
Located in New York, NY
1970-1987, serigraph on paper, 46 1/2 x 32 inches, edition of 90
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1980s Abstract Geometric Leon Polk Smith Art

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Screen

Werkubersicht/Work-Overview E
By Leon Polk Smith
Located in New York, NY
1952-1987, serigraph on paper, 46 1/2 x 32 inches, edition of 90
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1980s Abstract Geometric Leon Polk Smith Art

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Screen

Color Forms (D)
By Leon Polk Smith
Located in New York, NY
1974, screenprint, edition of 150
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1970s Color-Field Leon Polk Smith Art

Color Forms (C)
By Leon Polk Smith
Located in New York, NY
1974, screenprint, 33 x 23 1/4 inches, edition of 150
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1970s Color-Field Leon Polk Smith Art

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Screen

Werkubersicht/Work-Overview F
By Leon Polk Smith
Located in New York, NY
1962-1987, serigraph on paper, 46 1/2 x 32 inches, edition of 90
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1980s Abstract Geometric Leon Polk Smith Art

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Screen

Werkubersicht/Work-Overview C
By Leon Polk Smith
Located in New York, NY
1949-1987, serigraph on paper, 46 1/2 x 32 inches, edition of 90
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1980s Abstract Geometric Leon Polk Smith Art

Materials

Screen

Werkubersicht/Work-Overview B
By Leon Polk Smith
Located in New York, NY
1947-1987, serigraph on paper, 46 1/2 x 32 inches, edition of 90
Category

1980s Abstract Geometric Leon Polk Smith Art

Materials

Screen

Untitled (Tamarind K)
By Leon Polk Smith
Located in New York, NY
1968, Lithograph on paper, 30 x 22 inches, edition of 20
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1960s Hard-Edge Leon Polk Smith Art

Materials

Lithograph

Werkubersicht/Work-Overview J
By Leon Polk Smith
Located in New York, NY
1983-1987, serigraph on paper, 46 1/2 x 32 inches, edition of 90
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1980s Abstract Geometric Leon Polk Smith Art

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Screen

Untitled (Tamarind A)
By Leon Polk Smith
Located in New York, NY
1968, lithograph on paper, edition of 11
Category

1960s Hard-Edge Leon Polk Smith Art

Materials

Lithograph

Untitled (Tamarind J)
By Leon Polk Smith
Located in New York, NY
1968, lithograph on paper, edition of 20
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1960s Hard-Edge Leon Polk Smith Art

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Lithograph

Collage #34
By Leon Polk Smith
Located in New York, NY
LEON POLK SMITH Collage #34, 1970 Canvas collage, and pencil on paper 50 x 25-1/2 inches 54-1/2 x 40-3/16 inches Lower right - "Leon Polk Smith 1970"
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1970s Abstract Leon Polk Smith Art

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Canvas, Carbon Pencil

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