Monday, April 26, 2010

Kiki Smith Takes NYC

Artist Kiki Smith is everywhere these days. From her Sojourn exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum to her new show opening this month at Pace Gallery, it's clear that her work continues to evolve. Originally a sculptor, Smith used the body as a starting point-- skin, organs, nudity combined to give her work a provocative corporeality that made viewers feel as if they were in a space with an actual body. Over the years, Smith has expanded her repertoire to include illustration and printmaking, this time drawing upon folklore and mythology for subject matter. The theme throughout, however, has been the political implications of the feminine form. From crouching nude bodies to Little Red Riding-hood surrounded by wild animals, Smith pushes viewers to reconsider their own perspectives on gender and nature, and all that it entails.

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