Kiki Smith (b. 1954, Germany) is a German-born American artist known since the 1980s for her multidisciplinary practice relating to the human condition and the natural world. She uses a broad variety of materials to continuously expand and evolve a body of work that includes sculpture, printmaking, photography, drawing and textiles.


The artist has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions worldwide including over 25 museum exhibitions and five Venice Biennales. She has been honored as the recipient of the U.S. Department of State Medal of Arts, Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture, Edward MacDowell Medal and the Nelson A. Rockefeller Award, among others. In 2006, TIME Magazine recognized her as one of the “100 People Who Shape Our World.” The artist works in studios based in New York City and the Hudson Valley, and is an adjunct professor at NYU and Columbia University. Her works are found in international collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Detroit Institute of Arts, Victoria and Albert Museum (London) and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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