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Leon Polk Smith

Contemporary Art

On View: Cantor Gallery, Center, 5th floor
The New York artist Leon Polk Smith grew up in Indian Territory, Oklahoma, with parents of partial Cherokee ancestry. He acknowledged that the bold colors and sense of movement in his work were probably influenced by Native American art. Here, red and black curves create an illusion of movement. The rounded canvas, or tondo, exhibits two near-colliding red disks, which seem to have moved across a black void and come to rest with their circumferences practically touching. Or is it the black void that has thrust itself between two stationary disks?
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1956
DIMENSIONS Diameter: 35 1/2 in. (90.17 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Cantor Gallery, Center, 5th floor
CREDIT LINE Bequest of Leon Polk Smith
RIGHTS STATEMENT © artist or artist's estate
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CAPTION Leon Polk Smith (American, 1906-1996). Stonewall, 1956. Oil on canvas, Diameter: 35 1/2 in. (90.17 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Leon Polk Smith, 2011.12.5. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: , 2011.12.5_SL3.jpg)
IMAGE overall, NP recommended; poor transparency, 2011.12.5_SL3.jpg.
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Leon Polk Smith (American, 1906-1996). <em>Stonewall</em>, 1956. Oil on canvas, Diameter: 35 1/2 in. (90.17 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Leon Polk Smith, 2011.12.5. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: , 2011.12.5_SL3.jpg)