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‘And I know damned-well what he wanted!’: deliberate alteration and interpretations of intent in several late sculptures by David Smith

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Some years after the death of David Smith (1906–1965), Clement Greenberg, then executor of his estate, made a decision to have the white painted surface stripped from five sculptures and present them as authentic works by the artist. In removing what he considered to be a temporary primer coating that had already begun to deteriorate, Greenberg believed that he was restoring unfinished works to a state that would more accurately reflect Smith’s artistic intention, something over which he felt...

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University of Oxford
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GLAM
Department:
Bodleian Collections Management
Sub department:
Conservation and Collection Care
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Pages:
86-94
Host title:
Authenticity and Replication: The “Real Thing?” in Art and Conservation
Chapter number:
7
Publication date:
2014-02-01
Source identifiers:
575112
ISBN:
9781904982999
Language:
English
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2015-11-25

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