Tony Smith (Art School, Faculty)

Cigarette, (1961), painted steel

Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund. (c) Estate of Tony Smith/Artists Rights Society (ARS), N.Y., Digital Image (c) The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA/Art Resource, N.Y.

Creating drama through simplicity and scale, the minimalist sculptor was cited by art historian William Seitz in the 1967 Time cover story "Sculpture: Master of the Monumentalists" as being in the vanguard of "sculptors without studios, who have their drawings turned into steel at a factory," a reference to how Smith's outsized, geometric works were executed.