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Kiki Smith

Biography

Born Nuremberg, Germany, 1954. Lives and works in New York City. Received the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture in 2000, the Athena Award for Excellence in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2005, and the 50th Edward MacDowell Medal from the MacDowell Colony in 2009. Solo Exhibitions: Her Memory, Fundaciò Joan Mirò, Barcelona, 2009; Her Home, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nuremberg, 2007; Constellation, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, 2007; A Gathering 1980-2005, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and tour, 2006; Homespun Tales: a tale of domestic occupation, Fondazione Querini Stampaglia, Venice, 2005; Prints, Books, and Things, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2003; Homework,  The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, 2003. Selected Group Exhibitions: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, 45 years of art and feminism, Museo de Bellas Artes Bilbao, Spain, 2007; Contemporary Voices: Works from the UBS Art Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2005; The Whitney Biennial in Central Park, New York, 2002. 

 

About Kiki Smith's work

Kiki Smith is one of the most influential artists of her generation and over the past thirty years the body, as a receptacle of knowledge, belief, and storytelling, has played a central role in her work. Often revealing the interior space of the body, she confronts the viewer with sometimes uncomfortable juxtapositions of the intimate and the universal. Employing a variety of media, she has received critical acclaim for the highly developed sense of intimacy she develops in her sculptures, installations, and works on paper. Deeply rooted in a connection between vision and craft, Smith’s approach interweaves ideas of the internal and external, the physical and the spiritual, as metaphors for human experience, and explores the subjective self in themes of birth, sustenance, and regeneration alongside allusions to the Catholicism she grew up with. Since the early 1980s Kiki Smith has worked extensively in print media. Speaking about the print medium, she says, "Prints mimic what we are as humans: we are all the same and yet every one is different. I think there's a spiritual power in repetition, a devotional quality, like saying rosaries."

Kiki Smith photo: Arion Press, San Francisco, copyright Diana Ketchum.

Untitled, 2009
Ink on Nepal paper with glitter, mica and silver leaf
20 x 30 inches
Courtesy the artist and Pace Wildenstein

Ryan, 2007
One from a set of two prints titled Noon, 2007
Etching on Hahnemühle soft white paper
26 x 43 inches
From en edition of 33
Courtesy the artist and Harlan & Weaver, Inc

Tree With Bird, 2009
Ink on Nepal paper with palladium leaf
71 x 69 inches
Courtesy the artist and Pace Wildenstein

The Garden, 2009
Ink on Nepal paper with glitter and palladium leaf
91 x 116 inches
Courtesy the artist and Pace Wildenstein

Dusk, 2009
Ink on Nepal paper with glitter and palladium leaf
72.5 x 48 inches
Courtesy the artist and Pace Wildenstein

Revenant, 2009
Ink on Nepal paper with palladium leaf
98 x 92 inches
Courtesy the artist and Pace Wildenstein

Untitled, 2009
Ink on Nepal paper with gold leaf
30 x 20 inches
Courtesy the artist and Pace Wildenstein

Untitled, 2009
Ink on Nepal paper with glitter, mica and silver leaf
30 x 20 inches
Courtesy the artist and Pace Wildenstein

Matthew, 2007
One from a set of two prints titled Noon, 2007
Etching on Hahnemühle soft white paper
26 x 43 inches
From en edition of 33
Courtesy the artist and Harlan & Weaver, Inc

The Temptation, 2009
Ink on Nepal paper with glitter and palladium leaf
108 x 122 inches
Courtesy the artist and Pace Wildenstein

*Image credit: Greenhouse Media

More Info

On view at PAFA
Samuel M. V. Hamilton Building
128 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
215-972-7600
http://www.pafa.org