Topic: more notes on Tony Smith 2 - on silhouette

[Smith's new works] lie low and express even more fully his distaste for silhouette in sculpture.  Those who exploit silhouette in a three-dimensional work effectually eliminate one of the three dimensions; the very purpose of sculpture as such is thus lost and the piece becomes pictorial. The silhouette of a Smith piece is more or less an accident and because it tells little about whqat the piece actually in essence is, attention is necessarily directed toward mass as described by the directional force of the surfaces.


Eugen C. Goossen, Nine Sculptures by Tony Smith, catalog, 1970.