Tony Smith

(American, 1912-80)

The Snake is Out, 1982-83

Painted steel; 216 x 408 in. 

Long-term loan, collection of The Menil Collection, Houston.

Ongoing | Through 2024

Starting his career as an architect, Smith used concepts of repetition and
multiplication to produce his sculptures. His work greatly contributed to the
Minimalism movement in the 1960s. The Snake is Out is a prime example of his contribution to Minimalism and his systematic way of creating pieces. The work began as a chance arrangement of units with no particular base. The title comes from John McNulty’s Third Avenue Medicine, where it describes veins and arteries as snakes that run along a man’s forehead.


University of Houston

Fine Arts Building

Art Walk Ep. 4 "A Tale of Two Smiths" | Tony Smith & George Smith

Take an art walk with Mike Guidry, Public Art UHS art curator, at UH and UHD.