kiki smith

Kiki Smith was born in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1954. She lives and works in New York. The daughter of the sculptor Tony Smith, she began as a young girl by helping her father make cardboard models for his sculptures. Her work consists of sculptures, prints, and installations. In the 1980s, she abandoned the figurative tradition and produced objects and drawings based on organs, cells, and the human nervous system. Soon her work included animals, domestic objects, elements from folk tales and classical mythology. Recently her work has been inspired by the life of St. Genevieve. She represents the saint along with a wolf, thus investigating the symbolic relationships between humans and animals. In 2003, a retrospective of her prints was held at MoMA in New York, followed by exhibitions at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice in 2005, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2006, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2007. In 2005, she was awarded the prestigious Showhegan Medal for Sculpture and in 2009 the Brooklyn Museum Women In The Arts Award. Smith’s work can be found in prestigious international museum collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Tate Modern, London, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

 
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