Kiki Smith

Kiki Smith

Kiki Smith was born in Nuremberg in 1954, grew up in New Jersey, and moved to New York City in 1976, where she lives and works today. At the end of the 1970’s, she was a member of COLAB (Collaborative Project Inc.), a collective of artists addressing social issues that operated outside the traditional gallery system. In 1980, COLAB organized the retrospective Times Square Show, to which Smith contributed her first work on the body. After showing in group exhibitions on the fringes of the traditional gallery circuit, Smith started taking part in exhibitions at major international institutions in 1990 including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre d’Art Contemporain in Geneva, Institute of Contemporary Art in Am- sterdam and then, amongst others, in 1993 the Österreichisches Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna. In 2005, Smith had her first retrospective at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art which traveled to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the La Colección Jumex in Mexico City. The 2008 exhibition Kiki Smith: Her Home traveled from the Haus Esters Museum in Krefeld to the Kunsthalle of Nuremberg, the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona and the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art of the Brooklyn Museum in New York. Smith’s Biennale appearances of note include the Whitney Biennial of New York (1991, 1993, 2002), the Florence Biennale (1996–1997; 1998) and the Venice Biennale (1993, 1999, 2005, 2009, 2011). Amongst her more recent exhibitions are Les Papesses at the Palais des Papes in Avignon; a three-person exhibition with her father and sister’s work: Kiki Smith, Seton Smith, Tony Smith at Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany which traveled to Kun- stmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz and Festival International d’Art de Toulouse: Artist Comes First , Les Abattoirs, Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain à Toulouse; Fiber Visions at the Zhejiang Art Museum, on the occasion of the Hangzhou Triennial in China. Works by Smith are housed in over fifty public collections around the world. She has also received many awards including the United States Art in Embassies Award (presented by Hillary Clinton in 2012); the Theo Westenberger Women of Excellence Award (2010); the Nelson A. Rockefel- ler Award, Purchase College School of the Arts (2010); the Women in the Arts Award, Brook- lyn Museum (2009); the 50th Edward MacDowell Medal (2009); the Medal Award, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2006); the Athena Award for Excellence in Printmaking, Rhode Island School of Design (2006); and the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture (2000). In 2006 TIME magazine listed her among the TIME 100 most influential people in the world. She has also been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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