Between 1959 and 1961, di Suvero made his first group of sculptures, seven large works constructed mostly of scavenged wood from nearby razed buildings, but also including chains and ropes. Full of burly energy and unlikely grace, Tom projects the powerful gestures of the Abstract Expressionists into three dimensions.
Artist Mark di Suvero, American, born 1933
  • Tom
Date 1959
Medium wood, metal, rope, and wire cable
Dimensions Overall: 108 × 120 × 144 inches (274.3 cm × 304.8 cm × 3 m 65.8 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Friends of Modern Art Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Buhl Ford II Fund and contribution from Samuel J. Wagstaff Jr.
Accession Number 74.5
Department Contemporary Art after 1950
Not On View
Inscriptions Inscribed, titled with nails: TOM
the artist;
Samuel J. Wagstaff, Jr.;
1974-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Monte, James K. Mark di Suvero. Exh. cat., Whitney Museum of American Art. New York, 1975, pp. 20-21 (ill.).

Bulletin of the DIA 53, no. 2 (1975): 59 (ill.).