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SMOKE in the City

20/12/2015

Qatar Museums and Qatar Tourism Authority are proud to unveil the installation of a monumental new artwork at the Doha Exhibition & Convention Centre (DECC) in West Bay.

Titled Smoke, the artwork is the latest addition to our public art collection. The large-scale sculpture was designed in 1967 by American artist Tony Smith and is exhibited posthumously - Smith passed away in 1980.

The giant, two-tiered aluminium sculpture is painted black and stands at 24 feet tall. It's a combination of geometric components, including five tetrahedrons and forty-five extended octahedrons.

 

The sculpture’s powerful form was based on the artist’s fascination with geometry and the morphology of organic shapes like crystals and honeycombs. ‘Smoke’ is a celebration of the triangle – the base unit, which creates a strong and dominating sculpture. 

 

About the Artist

Tony Smith (1912-1980) was an American sculptor, visual artist, architectural designer, and a noted theorist on art.  He made more than fifty large-scale sculptures in the final two decades of his life. Smith’s work is included in leading international collections such as the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Menil Collection, Houston; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark; and the Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterloo, Netherlands.

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