Richard Smith (1931-2016)
Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert are proud to represent the estate of the English painter and printmaker, Richard Smith. Among the most influential artists active in Britain during the 1960s, Smith was a pioneer of Pop Art who simultaneously forged a new direction for abstract painting. A highly original thinker and practitioner, he brought a Pop sensibility to abstraction, employing a pared-down formalist aesthetic which fused the two tendencies and created an entirely novel and distinctive style of painting.
Born in 1931 in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, Smith studied at the Royal College of Art (1954-7) in London alongside the Pop artists Peter Blake, Joe Tilson and Robyn Denny, before being offered the Harkness Fellowship which allowed him to travel to New York. The city's slick advertisements, glam imagery and saturated colour made a lasting impression upon him, and during this initial stint in America, he attracted much attention from significant artworld players such as the curator Henry Geldzahler and gallerist Richard Bellamy, who in 1961, hosted Smith's first solo show at the Green Gallery, which proved to be the first exhibition of 'Pop Art' in America.
RICHARD SMITH OBITUARIES
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RICHARD SMITH 1931-2016
1954-57Royal College of Art, London
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
1962Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
1966Whitechapel Gallery, London
1967IX São Paulo Biennale, Brazil
1968Jewish Museum, New York
1970XXXV Venice Biennale, British Pavilion, Venice
Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol
1972Museum of Modern Art, Oxford
1973Hayward Gallery, London
1974X Biennale Internationale D'Art, Palais De L'Europe, Menton
1975Tate Gallery, London
Museo de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Caracas
Kettles Yard Gallery, Cambridge, toured to the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Bernard Jacobson Ltd., London
1976Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogota
1977MIT, Cambridge, toured the United States
1978Padiglione d'Arte Contemporaneo, Parco Massari, Ferrara
Galeria San Diego, Bogota
Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York
Hayden Gallery, MIT, Cambridge, toured to Chrysler Museum, Norfolk; Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis
1979Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
The Museum of Art at Washington State, Pullman, Washington
Fort Worth Art Museum, Texas
Hedendaagse Kunst Museum, Utrecht, toured to Museum Het Bruggebouw, Emmen, Netherlands
1980Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, University of Regina, Saskatchewan
Bernard Jacobson Ltd, New York
Arco Centre for the Visual Arts, Los Angeles
Stadtmuseum, Ulm, West Germany
1992Galerie Wassermann, Munich
1995Flowers Graphics, London
1996Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London
Flowers Graphics, London
1997Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London
Flowers Graphics, London
2001Flowers, London
2008Flowers, London
2010Flowers, New York
2011Flowers, London
2013Flowers, New York
2014Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
Flowers, London
2015Charing Cross Hospital, London
Flowers Gallery, New York
2016Krakow Witkin, Boston
2017Zuleika Gallery, Oxford
Flowers, London
2018Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert, London