Tony Smith

Tony Smith, Asteriskos, 1968

The title of this work, Asteriskos comes from the Greek word for star (aster). The sculpture was initially commissioned for Hemisfair ’68 by the Catto family of San Antonio in memory of Mrs. Catto’s father and the former governor of Texas, William P. Hobby. Unfortunately, after the fair closed, the original artwork was accidentally destroyed. In response, the Catto family recommissioned Tony Smith to recreate Asteriskos for the McNay.

Smith’s daughter, artist Kiki Smith, is also represented on the McNay’s grounds. Her sculpture Woman and Sheep is located in front of the Stieren Center for Exhibitions.

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Asteriskos
Artist: Tony Smith, American, (1912 – 1980)
Year: 1968

Music: A Juan Carlos Copes
composed by Gomez & Ramos 
performed by Orchestra Ensemble & Lalo Schifrin

Choreography: Susan Trevino

Dancers: Elizabeth Gonzalez, George Chini, Stephanie Garza