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奇奇 史密斯

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About 奇奇 史密斯

奇奇·史密斯(美国人,生于1954年,德国纽伦堡)自1980年代她就以关于人与自然的多科学的实践而出名。她用各种各样的材料不断的扩大和发展作品,其中包括雕塑、版画、摄影、绘画、和纺织品。 Smith在世界各地有众多的个展,其中包括超过25次博物馆的个展。她是美国艺术暨文学学会和美国文理科学院的成员,也获得了多个奖项,包括2012年由希拉里·克林顿授予的国家艺术勋章,2010年在帕切斯艺术学院获得的纳尔逊·洛克菲勒奖,2009年的爱德华·麦克道威尔奖章和2000年的斯考希根建筑奖,还有其他的奖项。在2006年,Smith被时代杂志评选为“塑造世界的100人”之一。她是纽约大学和哥伦比亚大学的兼职教授。 Smith在1994年加入佩斯。
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  • Kiki Smith: Lodestar
    The Pace Gallery is pleased to present Kiki Smith: Lodestar, the artist's first major New York gallery show in eight years. The exhibition, on view at 545 West 22nd Street from April 30 to June 19, 2010, features “Pilgrim”, an installation composed of nearly thirty hand-painted stained glass panels. Originally inspired by an eighteenth-century silk needlepoint by Prudence Punderson entitled The First, Second, and Last Scene of Mortality (1776-83, Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford), “Pilgrim” is a cyclical journey which alludes to various aspects of a person’s life, presented through the images of women. Smith used friends and colleagues as models--not as portraits, but as stand-ins for various states of a person, or a person’s wandering pilgrimage through life. Representations of birth, loss, and death speak to the human experience. “Pilgrim” depicts women sitting, listening or being reflective, as well as teaching and empowering the next generation, which ground the work in the artist’s experience. Smith explains that creativity is given freely, and comes to one often in quiet moments. The tradition of the journey which re-enacts or retraces the sacred elements of life or specific events is well known throughout history and the history of art. The four sacred pilgrimages of Buddhism, Ancient Rome's Via Sacra, Mecca's Hajj and Jerusalem's Stations of the Cross are all based on this principle. In the late 17th century, John Bunyan's novel, A Pilgrim's Progress from This World to That Which is to Come, established the spiritual path as a literary archetype during the Enlightenment. Since that time the concept of the pilgrimage has played a central role in multiple arenas; from the religious to the secular, from the most traditional to the most modern. Smith utilizes this universal device to create her own contemporary allegoric depiction of secular life infused with imagery sometimes drawn from sacred traditions. Smith has been working with glass for the past twenty years. She has been working on “Pilgrim” the last five years; she first made collage drawings, which were then used as ‘cartoons’ for the later glass painting. She began the glass paintings three years ago at the renowned German glass atelier, Mayer'sche Hofkunstanstalt GmbH-Mayer of Munich. In preparation for the installation of “Pilgrim,” Smith asked architect Bill Katz to design the standing frames which hold the individual panels. They collaborated on the installation to create a field of images, anchored by three benches, which are also designed by Katz. This design enables the visitor to view the scene in both recto and verso. This installation is conceived of as particular to The Pace Gallery’s 545 West 22nd Street space. It is Smith’s vision that this work will be presented as a permanent piece in a pavilion designed specifically for the work. The catalogue accompanying Kiki Smith: Lodestar includes an essay and photographs by Virginia Chieffo Raguin, Ph.D., Yale University. Professor Raguin, a professor of Art History and John E. Brooks Chair in the Humanities at the College of the Holy Cross, has published widely on stained glass and architecture. The catalog also includes photographs by Bärbel Miebach and a contribution by the artist. Kiki Smith: Lodestar coincides with several other projects: Kiki Smith: Sojourn is an exhibition currently on view at the Brooklyn Museum, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, through September 12, 2010. Sojourn is the fourth and final venue of a travelling exhibition, which originated at the Museum Haus Esters, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Germany, and which has changed and evolved in response to the space and context of each subsequent venue. These previous installations were the impetus for Smith to make “Pilgrim,” which she considers to be a parallel narrative to, and from which she includes elements. The Museum at Eldridge Street recently commissioned Smith and architect Deborah Gans to create a new monumental east window for the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue, a National Historic Landmark located on New York’s Lower East Side. This permanent commission marks the final significant component of the Museum’s 20-year restoration and will be unveiled in 2010. Through August 15, 2010, Seattle's Henry Art Gallery is showing Kiki Smith: I Myself Have Seen It, which explores the role of photography in the development of Smith’s aesthetic and in the creation of her art. The exhibition will travel to the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College from September 17 2010 through December 30, 2011 and to the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University in the spring of 2011. Kiki Smith (b. 1954, Nuremberg, Germany) is an artist of international prominence whose career has spanned over three decades. She is a leading figure among artists addressing philosophical, social, and spiritual aspects of human nature. Since 1982, her work has been exhibited in nearly 150 solo exhibitions at museums and galleries worldwide and has been featured in hundreds of significant group exhibitions, including the Whitney Biennial, New York (1991, 1993, 2002); La Biennale di Firenze, Florence, Italy (1996-1997; 1998); and La Biennale di Venezia (1993, 1999, 2005, 2009). Her work is held in more than forty important public collections in the United States and abroad. This year, Smith was the recipient of the Theo Westenberger Women of Excellence Award, as well as the Nelson A. Rockefeller Award from Purchase College’s School of the Arts. Her many accolades also include the Women in the Arts Award from the Brooklyn Museum (2009), the 50th Edward MacDowell Medal (2009), the Medal Award from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2006), the Athena Award for Excellence in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design (2006), the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture from the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine (2000), and Time Magazine’s “Time 100 : The People Who Shape Our World” (2006). Smith was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, in 2005. Kiki Smith lives and works in New York City. She has been represented by The Pace Gallery since 1994. Additional information for Kiki Smith: Lodestar is available upon request by contacting Jennifer Benz Joy at jjoy@thepacegallery.com or Lauren Staub at lstaub@thepacegallery.com, or call 212.421.3292.
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Kiki Smith’s first major New York gallery exhibition in eight years features mouth-blown stained-glass panels depicting the cycle of a woman’s life. This show is concurrent with her exhibition "Sojourn" at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, on view through September 12, 2010, and "I Myself Have Seen It: Photography in the Work of Kiki Smit"h at the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, through August 15, 2010.

“YOU have to hit the ground running,” the artist Kiki Smith said recently, referring to her process. “You have to have multiple things happening, so you’re not just standing around.” It’s hard to imagine this is much of a risk for Ms. Smith, 56. So far this year, at least, she has hardly stood still. Having recently completed a 20-year, $18.5 million restoration, the historic Eldridge Street Synagogue, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, will unveil the new rose window — seen in a recent rende

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KIKI SMITH: LODESTAR

Virginia Chieffo Raguin

2010. Pace Gallery. Paperback

44 pages: 46 illustrations plus 9 page accordion fold out; 10 ¼ x 8 ¼ inches

9781935410102

$40.00

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