Barbara Gross Galerie

Kiki Smith: Moments of Clarity

Kiki Smith: Moments of Clarity

Friday, October 26, 2012Saturday, January 12, 2013


Munich, Germany

Kiki Smith: Moments of Clarity
October 27, 2012 - January 12, 2013

Opening reception at Kunstwochenende München/ Art Weekend Munich 2012
Friday, October 26, 2012, 6 - 9 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 11 am - 6 pm

Artist talk
Jonas Storsve, Centre Pompidou, Paris and Kiki Smith
Saturday, October 27, 2012, 4 pm

For the exhibition Moments of Clarity, which will be shown at the Barbara Gross Galerie during the KUNSTWOCHENENDE MUNICH, Kiki Smith has created a group of new works of art that examine the issue of sources and communication of artistic inspiration. The American artist, who has been regarded as one of the great contemporary artists since the late 1980s, examines the theme from all sides in the wide variety of media characteristic of her, the spetrom extends from glass and papier maché objects, collaged drawings, Polaroid photographs und prints to delicate porcelain sculptures and stained glass drawings, the artist has created in collaboration with the Nymphenburg porcelain factory and Franz Mayer & Co. in Munich.
Smith has already explored the essential experience of moments of clarity in earlier works under a decidedly feminine perspective. In Smith’s Munich show, this image recurs in a more universal form. Here, light serves as a metaphor for illumination, enlightenment, the breath of life per se. One of the show’s recurrent motifs, which succinctly sums up the notion of the happy idea, is the light bulb, for Smith is fascinated by its archaic, simple, energetic, yet simultaneously fragile form.

Kiki Smith, born in *1954 in Nuremburg, lives and works in New York. Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, participant of the Venice Biennial and the Whitney Biennial.
Selected solo shows: Visionary Sugar, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY, 2012; I Myself Have Seen It: Photograpy & Kiki Smith, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Evanston, Illinois; The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College, New York und Scottsdale Museum of Cemporary Art, Arizona, 2010; Her Memory, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, 2009; Her Home, Kunsthalle Nuremburg / Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld, 2008; Kiki Smith: A Gathering, 1980-2005, Whitney Museum, NY, 2006-2007 / Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, 2006 / Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 2006 / San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2005-2006; Homespun Tales, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice, 2005; Kiki Smith: Prints, Books and Things, The Museum of Modern Art, NY, 2003.
Currently, the Kunsthalle Bielefeld is showing Kiki Smith, Seton Smith, Tony Smith (until November 25).