David Smith Zig VII July 22, 1963

  • Not on view

In 1961 Smith began the Zig series. The name, he claimed, is "just an affectionate term for Ziggurat." Zig VII evokes the monumentality of the ancient stepped towers and their vertical thrust, while the playful bright colors undermine any sense of solemnity or ritual. The work is dominated by a tilted flat plane, which resembles an upturned canvas or palette. The attached curved and circular forms give the work a playful dimension, an impression reinforced by the dollylike base on which it rests. The circles imply a sense of continuity and cyclicality in addition to evoking the bull's-eye or target paintings made by Smith's friend, the color–field artist Kenneth Noland.

Gallery label from 2007.
Medium
Painted steel
Dimensions
8' 1/4" x 8' 3 1/2" x 7' 1 1/4" (244.5 x 252.7 x 216.5 cm)
Credit
Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund (by exchange) and gift of Candida and Rebecca Smith
Object number
119.1984
Department
Painting and Sculpture

Installation views

How we identified these works

In 2018–19, MoMA collaborated with Google Arts & Culture Lab on a project using machine learning to identify artworks in installation photos. That project has concluded, and works are now being identified by MoMA staff.

If you notice an error, please contact us at [email protected].

Licensing

If you would like to reproduce an image of a work of art in MoMA’s collection, or an image of a MoMA publication or archival material (including installation views, checklists, and press releases), please contact Art Resource (publication in North America) or Scala Archives (publication in all other geographic locations).

MoMA licenses archival audio and select out of copyright film clips from our film collection. At this time, MoMA produced video cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. All requests to license archival audio or out of copyright film clips should be addressed to Scala Archives at [email protected]. Motion picture film stills cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. For access to motion picture film stills for research purposes, please contact the Film Study Center at [email protected]. For more information about film loans and our Circulating Film and Video Library, please visit https://www.moma.org/research-and-learning/circulating-film.

If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication, please email [email protected]. If you would like to publish text from MoMA’s archival materials, please fill out this permission form and send to [email protected].

Feedback

This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to [email protected].