A round grey sculpture with a hole in the center  by Isamu Noguchi

Isamu Noguchi, Grey Sun, 1967, Arni marble, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1969.158, © The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York

The museum’s American sculpture collection is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the world. From works by such nineteenth-century masters as Hiram PowersEdmonia Lewis, and Harriet Hosmer to turn-of-the-century bronzes by Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Paul Manship, sculpture provides insight into American history and values. Modern and contemporary works by Louise NevelsonIsamu NoguchiEdward KienholzDeborah Butterfield, and Martin Puryear bring the collection up to the present moment.

Selected Works

Media - 1994.17 - SAAM-1994.17_1 - 73240
The Death of Cleopatra
Datecarved 1876
On view
Media - 2002.3 - SAAM-2002.3_1 - 73311
Not on view
Media - 1984.149.1 - SAAM-1984.149.1_1 - 53379
Moses (after Michelangelo)
On view
Media - 1976.108.90 - SAAM-1976.108.90_1 - 61404
Night Leaf
On view
Media - 1970.11 - SAAM-1970.11_1 - 63384
Adams Memorial
Datemodeled 1886-1891, cast 1969
On view
Media - 1966.47.20 - SAAM-1966.47.20_1 - 64791
Not on view
Media - 2001.58 - SAAM-2001.58_1 - 62432
Sollie 17
mixed media construction
Not on view
Media - 1918.3.5 - SAAM-1918.3.5_1 - 88092
Datemodeled 1854, carved 1856
Not on view
Media - 2015.30 - SAAM-2015.30_1 - 119001
Greek Slave
Minton and Company , after Hiram Powers
Dateafter 1849
Parian ware (unglazed porcelain)
On view
Media - 2002.18 - SAAM-2002.18_1 - 63582
Sitka spruce, pine, and copper tacks
Not on view
A round grey sculpture with a hole in the center  by Isamu Noguchi
Grey Sun
Arni marble
Not on view

Related Artists

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Hiram Powers
born Woodstock, VT 1805-died Florence, Italy 1873

Born and grew up in Vermont, later lived in Ohio before moving to Florence, Italy, in 1837.

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Edmonia Lewis
born Greenbush (now Rensselaer), NY 1844-died London, England 1907
Edmonia Lewis was the first sculptor of African American and Native American (Mississauga) descent to achieve international recognition. Her father was Black, and her mother was Chippewa (Ojibwa) Indian.
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Harriet Hosmer
born Watertown, MA 1830-died Watertown, MA 1908

Encouraged by her father to pursue physical exercise after her mother and siblings died of tuberculosis, Hosmer had an active childhood in Massachusetts.

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Augustus Saint-Gaudens
born Dublin, Ireland 1848-died Cornish, NH 1907

Sculptor who combined naturalism and monumentality in his works and was one of the best-known and influential sculptors of his day.

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Paul Manship
born St. Paul, MN 1885-died New York City 1966

Sculptor. The country's most famous exponent of Art Deco, he embraced archaic vocabularies of Greek, Roman, and Indian art to create decorative, stylized, Neoclassical works.

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Louise Nevelson
born Kiev, Russia (now Kyiv, Ukraine) 1899-died New York City 1988

Born in Russia, brought to Maine in 1905, lived in New York City starting in 1920. Internationally famous artist who created striking assemblages of found wooden forms, and sculptures in steel, aluminum, Plexiglass, and other materials.

Isamu Noguchi
born Los Angeles, CA 1904-died New York City 1988
Edward Kienholz
born Fairfield, WA 1927-died Sandpoint, ID 1994
Deborah Butterfield
born San Diego, CA 1949
Martin Puryear
born Washington, DC 1941

One of the most important American sculptors working today, Martin Puryear (born 1941) is known for refined, handmade constructions, primarily in wood. Puryear's abstract forms, while evocative and familiar, elude specific or singular interpretations.