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Kiki Smith
Kiki Smith (b. 1954) is an artist of international prominence whose career has spanned over three decades. Smith is a leading figure amongst artists addressing the philosophical, social, legal, and spiritual aspects of human nature. The artist lives and works in New York City and has exhibited with PaceWildenstein Gallery since 1994.

Smith’s work has been shown in nearly 150 one-person exhibitions, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; International Center of Photography, New York; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark; the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.

Kiki Smith: Her Memory, will go on view at the Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, on February 19, 2009, where it will remain through May 24, 2009.  This exhibition of new works, which began as Kiki Smith: Her Home, at the Museum Haus Esters, Kunstmuseen Krefeld in Germany (March 16–August 24, 2008), explores a woman’s life from birth to death.  The show travels to Barcelona from the Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Germany, where it was on view from September 18-November 16, 2008.

In 2006, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis organized Smith’s first major traveling retrospective. The exhibition opened at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (November 19, 2005–January 29, 2006) and then traveled to the Walker Art Center (February 26–May 14, 2006); the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (July 22, 2006–September 24, 2006); and the Whitney Museum of American Art (November 16 through February 11, 2007). In 2005, Smith installed Homespun Tales: a tale of domestic occupation at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia, a museum house in Venice, Italy.  In 2003, The Museum of Modern Art, New York exhibited a survey of Smith’s printed art, Kiki Smith: Prints, Books & Things.

In 2000, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture awarded Smith with their prestigious Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, in 2005, and most recently, the Rhode Island School of Design honored her with the Athena Award for Excellence in Printmaking.
Smith’s work can be seen in public collections worldwide.



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