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Transcript of Kiki Smith
died from AIDS in 1988 KiKi's Artwork about AIDS A Sculpture that the director of
the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Philippe de Montebello, found "simply disgusting and devoid of any craft or aesthetic merit." Untitled 1986
12 clear glass bottles engraved
20 x 10 1/2 c 10 1/2 in. (50.8 x 26.7 x 26.7 cm)
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York Ribs 1987
Terracotta, ink, and thread
22 × 17 × 10 in. (55.9 × 43.2 × 25.4 cm).
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Untitled IV (Shield) 1990
15 7/8 x 17 15/16 x 7 in. (40.4 x 45.5 x 17.8 cm)
Roush Fund for Contemporary Art, 1991 Untitled 1989-90
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles Untitled 1990
Ink on gampi paper
121.9 x 96.5 x 17.8 cm (48 x 38 x 7 in.)
Installation at Tyler School of Art Inside the Human Body Kiki Smith gets inspiration from "Gray's Anatomy"
1980's to Early 1990's "I hung one of them up in the corner of my studio, just to get it out of the way, but it was shortly after my sister Bebe died, when I saw it suspended there and thought that it is like a spirit. With all these people we know dying from AIDS, you have this hovering of people's presence who you don't have physical access to anymore but are still quite vital to your life. Having this body hanging in the corner reminded me of that, so I made a whole installation of them about that."
- Kiki Smith Untitled 1990, Beeswax and microcrystalline wax, figures on metal stands;
female figure 64 1/2 x 17 3/8 x 15 1/4 in.
male figure 69 7/16 x 20 1/2 x 17 in. "Her milk nurtures nothing,
his seed seeds nothing. So it
so it was about being
thwarted- having life inside
you, but the life isn't going
anywhere, it is just falling down."
-Kiki Smith Tale 1992
wax, pigment and paper-mache
160 x 23 x 23 in. (406.4 x 58.4 x 58.4 cm.) Collection of Jeffrey Deitch Hanging Woman 1992, paper-mache, thread, fabric Kiki Smith Inside - Out Lilith 1994 Bronze with glass eyes Dimensions: 31 1/2 x 27 x 17 1/2in. (80 x 68.6 x 44.5cm)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Kiki describes this sculpture as a "representation of the feeling of being burdened with one's own inescapable history. The figure trailing shit were carrying around a physical manifestation of the past, a story she can't let go of, or suffering the humiliation of having her insides, her past, out in public." Pee Body 1992
wax, pigment and paper-mache, yellow glass beads, thread Train 1992, wax, pigment and paper-mache, red glass beads, thread Nature Human & Kiki Smith created many pieces that depicted the relationship between nature and humans, along with supernatural worlds, like the cosmos, and religion. Black Animal Drawing 1996-1998, Etching on Napel Paper.
Part of Installation, Night
Hirshhorn Museum and Scuplture Garden, Washington D.C. Mary Magdalene 1994, Cast Silicon bronze, forged steel
60 x 20 1/2 x 21 x 1/2 in. (152.4 x 52.1 x 54.6 cm.)
Collection of the Artist Possession is Nine-tenths of the Law 1985, Portfolio of nine screenprint and monotypes with ink additions on mold made T.H Saunders paper
21 15/16 x 16 15/16" (55.7 x 43 cm)
The Museum of Modern Art, New York Daphne 1993, Glass, plaster, and steel, 83 x 32 x 17 in. Private collection Rapture 2001, Bronze,
67 1/4 x 62 x 26 1/2 in.
Courtesy The Pace Gallery, New York Born 2002, Bronze
39 x 101 x 24 in.
Collection of Sarah Norton Goodyear Fund. My Blue Lake 1994, Photogravure and monoprint on mold-made En Tout Cas paper,
42 1/2 x 53 1/2 in. (111 x 139 cm)
Courtesy The Pace Gallery, New York Rapture 2002, Lithograph on mold made T. H. Saunders paper
68 1/8 x 55 3/4 in. (173 x 141.5 cm.)
Brooklyn Museum, New York Recent Artwork By Kiki Smith Blue Moon I 2011, Bronze,
29 x 29 x 2 in. / 73.7 x 73.7 x 5.1 cm Courtesy, Pace Gallery, New York; Timothy Taylor Gallery, London Bird With Stars
55 x 45 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Lelong - Paris Elaborating on the Cosmos Sky 2012,
113 x 75 in. "They [her artwork past and present] reflect a world in which there is no comfortable division between mind and body or between the human and natural world."