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Kiki Smith (American, b.1954)
LOT ID: 74953
My Secret Business, 1992

Offset lithograph
23.7 х 18.25 in. (60.2 x 46.36 cm.)
Signed, and numbered lower right recto.
Print/Casting Year 1992
Edition 225
Foundry/Publisher Brooklyn Academy of Music, pub.
Lot description
The provocative central panel from Kiki Smith's captivating photogravure entitled "Puppet," of 1993-94. This piece showcases the face of the artist herself.

Daughter of artist Tony Smith and actress and opera singer Jane Lawrence, Kiki Smith was born in Nuremberg, Germany in 1954. Classified as a “Feminist artist,” Smith uses a multitude of mediums to provocatively explore the political and social issues dealing with gender and race. Often undermining the traditional erotic nature of artistic representations of women, Smith chooses to instead expose the inner organs of the female body creating an ironic metaphor exposing hidden issues inherent in gender identity. Reoccurring themes in Smith’s work include birth, reproduction, mythology, art history, sustenance and Catholicism. Smith is also known for her activism in debates over AIDS, race and battered women. The Modern Museum of Art in New York has collected her work consistently and owns over fifty of her print projects. In 2005, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art held a retrospective of Smith’s work entitled “Kiki Smith, A Gathering 1980-2005”, which traveled to the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York in 2006.

Selected Public Collections:
Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA)
The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA)
Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY)
My Secret Business by Kiki Smith
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