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KIKI SMITH
Kiki Smith, Girl, 2014. Edition of 6 + 1 AP, fine silver with bronze base, 20.75 in. x 11 in. x 5.5 in. Photo courtesy of Pace Gallery.
Kiki Smith (b. 1954, Nuremberg, Germany) is an artist of international recognition whose career has spanned over three decades. She works in various media and subject matter including the human condition, the body, and nature. Smith’s diverse body of work includes painting, photography, bookmaking, sculpture, drawing, glass and printmaking.

Smith’s artistic career began in the 70’s with her involvement in the artist’s collective Colab. She has since had over 150 solo exhibitions internationally. Her work has also been included in multiple Whitney Biennial exhibitions (1991, 1993, 2002); La Biennale di Firenze (1996-­-1997; 1998); and La Biennale di Venezia (1993, 1999, 2005, 2009), where in 2011, she participated in the group exhibition Glasstress at the Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti (June 4–November 27, 2011). In 2012, Art Production Fund unveiled a major stained-glass installation by Smith in The Last Lot project space, located on 46th Street and Eighth Avenue.

A retrospective of Smith’s prints was held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2003). A retrospective of her work originated at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2005 and traveled to, among other museums, the Walker Museum in Minneapolis, MN and then on to the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. Smith’s work is held in over fifty public collections internationally.

Smith’s many accolades include the U.S. State Department Medal of Arts presented by Hillary Clinton (2012), Theo Westenberger Women of Excellence Award (2010); Nelson A. Rockefeller Award, Purchase College School of the Arts (2010); Women in the Arts Award, Brooklyn Museum (2009) and the 50th Edward MacDowell Medal (2009), among many others. Smith was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York in 2005. In 2006 TIME Magazine named her one of the “TIME 100: The People Who Shape Our World.” She will be honored with the International Sculpture Center’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.

Kiki Smith lives and works in New York City. She has been represented by Pace Gallery since 1994.


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