Working on the David Smith BioGem this week, I was struck by his connection with the Studebaker. I wrote an opening paragraph on Wednesday and continued to do some research. Last night, it occured to me that this might be one of the most obtuse connections I have made when writing about an artist and I thought I would start over.
This morning, Robert Genn's newsletter appeared in my inbox. On the clickback page, there is an original collage with a yellow Studebaker and the Parthenon. I took that as a good sign and finished the BioGem. Smith was a determined artist with a unique vision. Some people collect his work; some people collect Studebakers. He died in1965 in a car crash. There was no mention of a Studebaker at the scene.
Genn's clickback: Photo is with letter from Peter William Brown at bottom of page
The Studebaker Museum: http://www.studebakermuseum.org/history.asp