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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 Left)" in a graceful tutu created using a collage of tissue paper and glitter to emphasize volume and add dimension to the delicate dancer. This print is artfully 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

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  • Pickup Location: South Korea
  • Shipping Dimensions: 33.1 x 24.8 in. (84.07 x 62.99 cm.)
  • Framed Under: Glass
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