Hassel Smith . Paintings 1937-1997
The Estate of Hassel Smith wishes to announce the publication of a monograph on the life work of the artist spanning seven decades, from the late 1930s to the end of the twentieth century.
No previous publication has attempted to represent the true scope of Hassel Smith’s achievement, or to locate the full range of Smith’s work within the broad historical context through which he lived. This book confirms the stature of the artist and fills a significant void in the history of innovative art in the far west of the United States.
A legendary influence within both the northern and southern West Coast milieux of the forties and fifties, Hassel Smith today is a figure paradoxically distanced by history. The monograph retrieves Hassel Smith’s unique significance and continuing relevance - reassessing the paintings, drawings, collages and assemblages of the post-war decades - proposing new interpretations of the artist’s sources and motivations, while revealing the shrouded work of more than three decades, a West Coast painter’s reclusive European journey of outstanding profundity and depth.
The publisher is Prestel Publishing (Munich London New York). The book is distributed in Europe, Britain and USA.
Petra Giloy-Hirtz is the editor of the book, Paul Karlstrom and Susan Landauer co-authors, with supporting essays by Petra Giloy-Hirtz, Robert C. Morgan, Peter Selz and Allan Temko (1975).
Graphic Design, Christian Schmid, büro schmid, Munich