|Jackson Pollock, Barnett Newman, and Mark Rothko. But it was sculpture, which he turned to in the early 1960s, that catapulted Smith to international fame. In the mid-sixties he appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine under the title “Master of the Momumentalists.” In 1998, The Museum of Modern Art in New York held a retrospective
of his work.
Smith was born into a third generation South Orange family.
His grandfather, Anthony Peter Smith, founded a waterworks company in East Orange. His mother’s family owned a boiler factory in Newark.
In 1955, Smith and his wife Jane settled into the original family home on Stanley Road in the Montrose section of town, where they raised their daughters Kiki, Seton, and Beatrice. Smith lived and worked there, often building plywood mock-ups of sculptures in his back yard, until his death in 1980.
Meadowland Park’s TAU by Tony Smith is owned by the Village of South Orange and its residents. The installation was made possible by the generous support of Jane Smith, The Village of South Orange, as well as individual donors through The Pierro Foundation. Fundraising efforts for maintenance and improvement of the sculpture
and site, as well as educational programming, are ongoing. For more information about Tony Smith and TAU, visit www.tonysmithsouthorange.org.