Happy Birthday David Smith!! Contemporary sculptor, American David Smith, was born in 1906 and considered an Abstract Expressionist. He was an accomplished artist in many media including drawing, painting, jewelry, mixed media and sculpture with roots in Cubism. His use of industrial materials and methods parallel that of Antoine Pevsner Naum Gabo. His sculptures have been referred to as “drawings in space”. Cubi XXVIII, below, is the last work of Smith’s Cubi series, group of stainless steel sculptures finished just before his death in an automobile accident in 1965. The sculpture sold for 23.8 million dollars at auction in 2005, the highest price ever fetched for contemporary sculpture.