Return to Diankabou, 2007. Steel and enamel on wood, 3.5 x 12.66 x 22 ft.

Moveable Mazes: George Smith

Born in Buffalo, New York, George Smith studied in New York and San Francisco. During the 25 years that he has lived in Houston, his style has evolved dramatically, from stylization to self-contained invention, from love of tradition in African architecture and sculpture to a daringly abstract and synthetic discourse that encompasses geometric shape, color, and movement. His works have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and they are included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum, the Menil Collection, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and the Studio Museum in Harlem. His “Togu Na” series, welded steel sculptures inspired by specific African geometries, was shown at the Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba, New York, in 2006. More recently, he contributed work to “NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith” at P.S.1 in New York. …see the entire article in the print version of November’s Sculpture magazine.