SMOKE – Tony Smith


SMOKE is arguably the most famous sculpture be Tony Smith. The original was constructed out of plywood in 1967, but the one standing in front of Doha’s Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC) today is constructed out of aluminum and painted black.

Tony Smith’s “Smoke” is the only piece he meant for an indoor space, but in Doha, it stands outdoors and open for the public to interact with freely.

I remember seeing this sculpture in one of the atriums of the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art (LACMA) back in 2012, but seeing it in an open space amongst West Bay’s skyscrapers felt even nicer. It allows one to appreciate the sculpture’s size, it’s solid yet fluid structure. Just like smoke, it fills up its area in unexpected yet beautiful ways, an ode to geometry and Smith’s talent as not just an artist, but an art theorist.

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