The New Man, 2015
About the Artwork
“My work is about the greatness of mankind, it always has been. They take shape as Heroes, and individuals who, through struggle, achieved. The hero, Herakles is great, not because of his renowned physical strength but because he demonstrated a depth of soul through his Labors and atonement.
My hope is that this is evident in the sculptures through the process and remnant. The struggle to stand erect is everything. The work quotes the past, as anything important and timeless should. The discerning viewer can see the past and the present and look to the future with valor.
The is the NEW MAN/ the Walking Man. The fragment is suggestive. It is the poetry that the viewer is challenged by.” –Ed Smith
About the Artist
Ed Smith is a member of the National Academy, a Guggenheim Fellow in Sculpture and Drawing and a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. His work is represented in public and private collections in the United States and abroad. These include The British Museum, The Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp Belgium, Ministry of the Flemish Community, The Hood Museum, the Davis Museum, Yale University, the National Academy Museum and many more. He has over 80 one person exhibitions and innumerable group exhibitions which include, the Queens Museum, Brooklyn Museum, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh Scotland, Hillwood Art Museum, Caversham Press South Africa, Fleming Museum, Schenectady Museum, The Albright Knox Museum, the Albrecht-Kemper Museum, The Arkell Museum and many others. His work has been written about and reviewed in the New York Times, Sculpture Magazine, The Baltimore Evening Sun, Art News, the Miami Herald, The Albany Times Union, Giornale Dell’Arte, San Francisco Examiner, Art New England and many others.
Currently Gallery Director, Director of Marist Venice Biennale Program and Professor of Art at Marist College, Ed Smith has been a Visiting Artist, Lecturer, Artist–in-Residence, Professor and Distinguished Visiting Artist at American University, Bennington College, Bard College, Brandeis University, Boston University, Clark University, Dartmouth College, Dia Art Center, Kansas State University, Lacoste School of the Arts in France, New York Studio School, Parsons School of Art, Pratt Institute, Swathmore College, School of Visual Arts, Trumbull College, Yale University, University of New Hampshire, University of Pennsylvania, Vermont Studio Center, University of Tel Aviv, Israel, Glasgow School of Art and many, many others. Awards and honors include awards for Teaching Excellence, National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts, Teaching Excellence Marist College, Ford Foundation Grant, First Alternate Prix de Rome, Fulbright Award, Associate Fellow Trumbull College, Yale University, NY State Council on the Arts and others.
His work is primarily involved with mythic and heroic aspects of the Artist and man.