Kiki Smith

1954 | Nuremberg, Germany
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American sculptress and printmaker.

Kiki Smith, the daughter of actress and opera singer Jane Lawrence and Tony Smith, one of the most famous abstract modernist painters and sculptors of the post-war period, moved to New York in 1976, where she became acquainted with the rock and art scenes. She was a member of the Colab group (Collaborative Projects, Inc.), which fought against traditional means of disseminating art and its market. With the help of Jane Dickson, she created her first monotypes. In 1979, the young artist discovered and copied illustrations from the “Gray’s Anatomy” manual (1901). Her first objects were made of plaster, but she soon starting using various materials, thus humorously combining noble materials with forms usually relegated to the realm of the disgusting. The body, in its physical form, open body, dissected, abject, exuding fluids and substances, acting as a narrative vessel.

She cites the following as influences on her creative process: Louise Nevelson, Lee Bontecou, Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse, Meredith Monk, and Nancy Spero in particular. In the 1990s, the location of objects in space became central to her work, which started resembling bona fide installations. She continues to subvert biblical and topical figures, usually feminine, belonging to art history (Untitled). Since the mid-1990s, her work has left the human body behind, reaching for the cosmos, through engravings or installations that combine the animal world and fairy tales, and evoke wonder or fear.

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Émilie Bouvard

Translated from French by Emily Freeman.

From the Dictionnaire universel des créatrices
© 2013 Des femmes – Antoinette Fouque
© Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions
Kiki Smith — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Kiki Smith, Woman with Lion, 2003, porcelain, 28.6 x 30.5 x 17.8 cm, 11 1/4 x 12 x 7 in., Courtesy Pace Gallery / Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milano © Photo: Ellen Page Wilson © Kiki Smith

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Kiki Smith, Companion, 2000, ink on Nepal paper, 51.4 x 76.2 cm, 20 1/4 x 30 in., Courtesy Pace Gallery, © Photo: Ellen Page Wilson © Kiki Smith

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Kiki Smith, Earth, 2012, jacquard tapestry, 287 x 194.3 cm, 113 x 76 1/2 in., Magnolia Editions Photograph, Courtesy Kiki Smith / Pace Gallery © Kiki Smith in association with Magnolia Editions

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Kiki Smith, Woman on Pyre, 2001, bronze, 142.2 x 149.9 x 72.4 cm, 56 x 59 x 28 1/2 in., Courtesy Pace Gallery / Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milano © Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri © Kiki Smith

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Kiki Smith, Born, 2002, bronze, 99.1 x 256.5 x 61 cm, 39 x 101 x 24 in., Courtesy Pace Gallery, © Photo: Kerry Ryan McFate, © Kiki Smith

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Kiki Smith, Come Away from Her, 2003, intaglio with hand applied watercolor, sheet: 128 x 186.7 cm, 50 3/8 x 73 1/2 in., Brooklyn Museum, gift of the Prints and Photographs Council, © Kiki Smith

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Kiki Smith, Her Bouquet, 2007-2008, ink on Nepal paper with glass glitter, lithographic crayon and silk tissue; oil paint on mouth-blown clear antique glass with white and yellow gold leaf two works on Nepal paper, 186.7 cm x 217.2 cm, 73 ½ x 85 ½ in. and 190.5 cm x 218.4 cm, 75 x 86 in., three glass panels: 60 cm x 50.2 cm, 23 5/8 x 19 ¾ in. Each, Courtesy Pace Gallery © Photo: G.R. Christmas © Kiki Smith

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Kiki Smith, Shed, 1996, glass, 26.7 x 9.5 x 10.2 cm, 10 1/2 x 3 3/4 x 4 in., 43 units, dimensions variable, Courtesy Kiki Smith / Pace Gallery © Kiki Smith

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Kiki Smith, Mother, 2012, bronze, 16.2 x 48.9 x 9.8 cm, 6 3/8 x 19 1/4 x 3 7/8 in., Courtesy Pace Gallery / Galleria Raffaella Cortese © Kiki Smith

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Kiki Smith, Girl, 2014, figure: fine silver base: bronze, 54.6 x 30.5 x 14 cm, 21 1/2 x 12 x 5 ½ in., Courtesy Pace Gallery © Photo : Kerry Ryan McFate © Kiki Smith

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