Leon Polk Smith: Hiding in Plain Sight

February 3, 2021  21:24  |  News

Leon Polk Smith: Hiding in Plain Sight

“Leon Polk Smith: Hiding in Plain Sight” installation view, Photo – Heard Museum, Craig Smith ©

The newest original exhibition from the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, Leon Polk Smith: Hiding in Plain Sight, will explore the influence of American Indian creative expression on the work of iconic artist Leon Polk Smith from Friday, Feb. 5 through Monday, May 31.

Smith is a celebrated modernist painter and leader of the Hard-edge painting movement, an art form of the late 1950s and ’60s that emphasizes geometric forms and bright colours.

This is the largest exhibition of Smith’s paintings in more than 25 years and features 37 original works that span seven decades. The exhibition pairs Smith’s paintings and works on paper with examples of American Indian beadwork, ribbon applique and painted hides from his native Oklahoma.

The Heard Museum is located at 2301 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix, Arizona.

A fully illustrated catalogue with a new scholarship is available. Private media previews and tours can be scheduled by appointment.


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