Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami)

Miami's newest venue for innovative and experimental contemporary art.

Located at ​112 NE 41st Street, ​Suite 106​, Miami, FL 33137.

Tony Smith
September 19, 2019 – September 27, 2022

Throwback (1976–79) is an iconic monumental sculpture by American Minimalist sculptor, painter, and architect Tony Smith. Produced in an edition of three, the version presented in ICA Miami’s Sculpture Garden is a working model welded by the artist.
Smith is widely recognized for his large-scale, modular sculptures produced throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Largely influenced by his architectural training and practice, Smith’s reduced forms explore space and volume in relation to the human body and the themes of self and spirituality. While his forms and materials place him in proximity to the Minimal art of the 1960s, his work also engages the heroism and humanism of 1950s Abstract Expressionism. Resting on three points, Throwback wraps and bends around itself, offering a variety of perspectives and vantages onto its unfolding forms with no distinct front, back, beginning, or end. Through its simple, fluid structure, Throwback activates the surrounding space, inviting viewers to move around and explore the work from various angles and perspectives.

About the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami) is dedicated to promoting continuous experimentation in contemporary art and to providing a dynamic platform for the exchange of art and ideas. Miami’s newest art museum provides audiences of all ages and backgrounds with free and open access to the most innovative art of our time. Through a rigorous and engaging calendar of exhibitions and programs, the museum builds visual literacy and advances new scholarship on the work of local, emerging, and established talent. The museum is deeply committed to providing open, public access to artistic excellence by offering year-round free admission.

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1. Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami). Photo: Iwan Baan. 2. Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami). Photo: Iwan Baan. 3. Yayoi Kusama, All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, detail, 2016. Wood, mirror, plastic, acrylic, LED. Courtesy Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore and Victoria Miro, London. © Yayoi Kusama. 4. Installation view: “Sterling Ruby” at ICA Miami. Nov 7, 2019 - Feb 2, 2020. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio. 5. Carlos Sandoval de Leon, Untitled (Repairs in Time), 2017. Jabón Z…INE, Miami Beach. 6. Wong Ping, still from ‘Who’s the Daddy’, 2017, single channel video animation with sound, 9 min 15 sec. Courtesy of Edouard Malingue Gallery and the artist. 7. Agustin Fernández, Untitled, 1975. Oil on canvas. Courtesy Brando…2, Washington D.C. 8. Dan Flavin, Puerto Rican Light (to Jeanie Blake) 2, 1965. Fluorescen…nnabend (Header). 9. Tony Smith, Throwback, 1976. Painted steel. Collection Martin Z. M…_ Peter Harholdt. 10. Pedro Reyes, Epicurus, 2016. Volcanic Stone. Collection of Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Museum Purchase with additional support provided by Boris Hirmas and Oscar and Carole Seikaly. Gifts from Irma and Norman Braman, Margot and George Greig, Petra and Stephen Levin, Janice and Alan Lipton, Ellen Salpeter, and Ray Ellen and Allan Yarkin made in honor of Alex Gartenfeld.
Northeast 41st Street 61
Miami 33137 FL US
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