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Kiki Smith (American, b.1954)
LOT ID: 79476
Ballerina (Stretching Right), 2000

Etching / Engraving, Aquatint, and collage of tissue paper and glitter, 2000, on Somerset
19.8 х 14.8 in. (50.29 x 37.59 cm.)
Signed, and dated in pencil; numbered 4/24
Edition 4/24
Foundry/Publisher Pace Editions, pub.
Lot description
full margins, Image size: 19 3/4 x 14 3/4 in. (50.2 x 37.5 cm)
Sheet size: 31 x 22 1/2 in. (78.7 x 57.2 cm)

This beautiful etching with aquatint depicts "Ballerina (Stretching Right)" in a beautiful tutu created using a collage of tissue paper and glitter to create volume and add dimension to the delicate dancer. This print is beautifully framed in a sleek white wooden frame and is in excellent condition.

Kiki Smith (American, born January 18, 1954) is a German-born artist known for her works across many media that deal with bodily themes, abjection, and sexuality. She was raised in New Jersey in a family of artists: her father was the Minimalist sculptor Tony Smith (American, 1912–1980) and her mother the opera singer Jane Lawrence Smith. Smith attended the Hartford Art School in Connecticut before moving to New York City in the 1980s, where she became an active member in the East Village art scene. From 1982, she has exhibited annually at the Fawbush Gallery in New York; her work received significant attention in 1990 during her exhibition for the Projects Room at the Museum of Modern Art. Although familiar with Minimalism from a young age, Smith makes work that is aligned more closely with the sculptures of Louise Bourgeois (American/French, 1911–2010) and Eva Hesse (American, 1936–1970), two artists active in the Anti-Form movement who created objects that defied traditional object-making. Smith’s Body Art sculptures ironically parallel the erotic representations of women in art history, exposing underlying myths about gender and sexuality. Her photographs, prints, works on paper, and installations often allude to the socially constructed nature of identity.

Selected Public Collections:
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Ballerina (Stretching Right) by Kiki Smith
  • Ballerina (Stretching Right) by Kiki Smith
  • Ballerina (Stretching Right) by Kiki Smith
  • Ballerina (Stretching Right) by Kiki Smith
  • Ballerina (Stretching Right) by Kiki Smith
  • Ballerina (Stretching Right) by Kiki Smith
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  • Kiki Smith

    Ballerina (Stretching right)
    etching w/aquatint and collage of tissue paper and glitter
    (H 19.8, W 14.8) in.
    (50.2 x 37.5) cm.
    Ed. 5/24
    Sold for: US$8,750
    Wednesday, October 26, 2011
    Christie's New York
    Lot 00345
  • Kiki Smith

    Ballerina (Stretching left)
    etching w/aquatint and collage of tissue paper and glitter
    (H 19.8, W 14.9) in.
    (50.2 x 37.8) cm.
    Ed. 5/24
    Sold for: US$6,250
    Wednesday, October 26, 2011
    Christie's New York
    Lot 00346
  • Kiki Smith

    Ballerina (stretching right)
    etching and aquatint with collage in tissue and applied glitter
    (H 19.8, W 14.8) in.
    (50.2 x 37.5) cm.
    Ed. 18/24
    Sold for: US$6,875
    Tuesday, June 02, 2009
    Phillips de Pury & Company New York
    Lot 00212
  • Kiki Smith

    Ballerina (stretching left)
    etching and aquatint with collage in tissue and applied glitter
    (H 19.8, W 14.8) in.
    (50.2 x 37.5) cm.
    Ed. 18/24
    Sold for: US$6,500
    Tuesday, June 02, 2009
    Phillips de Pury & Company New York
    Lot 00213
  • Kiki Smith

    Ballerina: Stretching left
    etching and collage
    (H 30.9, W 22.4) in.
    (78.4 x 56.8) cm.
    Ed. 16/24
    Sold for: US$8,033
    Friday, April 25, 2008
    Auction BYUL
    Lot 00005
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