Daily Dose Pick: Kiki Smith

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A prolific sculptor and printmaker, New York-based artist Kiki Smith is renowned for her feminist works that present the female form in vital ways.

Mining myths, fairy tales, stories of saints, and concepts of self as subject matter, Smith creates visual narratives that express the poetic nature of life, death, and regeneration. A master at manipulating materials — particularly ink, paper, bronze, and glass — she is seemingly without artistic limits.

Visit Kiki Smith’s Art:21 page, read Chuck Close’s interview with the artist, view her current shows at the Brooklyn Museum, Henry Art Gallery, and the Pace Gallery, and buy her new book of never-before-seen photographic works

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Click through below to view images from Smith’s Brooklyn Museum show.

Kiki Smith, Singer, 2008. Cast aluminum, 65" x 27" x 24" (165.1 cm x 68.6 cm x 61 cm). Photo by Volker Dohne, Courtesy Pace Gallery, New York. © Kiki Smith, Courtesy Pace Gallery, New York.

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Kiki Smith, Coming Forth, 2008. Collage and ink on Nepal paper, 8' 2-1/2" x 6' 9-1/2" (250.2 cm x 207 cm). Photo by Kerry Ryan McFate, Courtesy Pace Gallery, New York. © Kiki Smith, Courtesy Pace Gallery, New York.

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Kiki Smith, Messenger III, 2008. Cast aluminum, white gold, and gold leaf, 31-1/2" x 42-1/2" x 42" (80 cm x 108 cm x 106.7 cm). Photo by Joerg Lohse, Courtesy Pace Gallery, New York. © Kiki Smith, Courtesy Pace Gallery, New York.

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Kiki Smith, Open Coffin (on table), 2008 Ink on Nepal paper with lithographic crayon, 96" x 8' 8-3/4" (243.8 cm x 266.1 cm). Photo by G.R. Christmas, Courtesy Pace Gallery, New York. © Kiki Smith, Courtesy Pace Gallery, New York.

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Kiki Smith, Annunciation (detail), 2008. Cast aluminum, 61-1/2" x 32" x 19" (156.2 cm x 81.3 cm x 48.3 cm). Photo by Kerry Ryan McFate, Courtesy Pace Gallery, New York. © Kiki Smith, Courtesy Pace Gallery, New York.

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Kiki Smith, Standing on Chair, 2007. Ink, graphite, colored pencil, and collage on Nepal paper, 8' 5" x 4' 8-3/4" (256.5 cm x 144.1 cm). Photo by Ellen Labenski, Courtesy Pace Gallery, New York. © Kiki Smith, Courtesy Pace Gallery, New York.

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Kiki Smith, Walking Puppet, 2008. Papier-mâché with muslin, 80" x 30" x 40" (203.2 cm x 76.2 cm x 101.6 cm), overall, Photo by Volker Dohne, Courtesy Pace Gallery, New York. © Kiki Smith, Courtesy Pace Gallery, New York.

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