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Kiki Smith
Posner, Helaine.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Bulfinch, 1998.
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198 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31cm
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N6537.S6164 P66 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Rapidly becoming established as one of America's leading contemporary artists, Kiki Smith has confronted in her art the most urgent social and spiritual issues of our day through her explorations of the human body and the natural world. This magnificent collection of her work includes 160 colour and 73 black-and-white prints. Art critic Helaine Posner uncovers the origins of the artist's work and an interview with Smith by David Frankel gives further insight into her artistic thought.

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Booklist Review

Ten human bodies rendered in crumpled paper hang suspended in a room draped with huge squares of red. A severed bronze head lies on the ground, the protruding tongue a perch for a large blue moth. Figures crouch or lie curled in the fetal position with their spinal cords exposed. A bronze woman stands with her hand out, a huge flowering plant growing out of her back. These are just a few of sculptor Smith's unsettling images, studies in the vulnerability and strength of the body, its mysteries and commonplaces, and metamorphoses along the journey between birth and death. For the past two decades, Smith has been challenging our perceptions of the human form and its place in the social sphere and in the cosmos, a quest Posner illuminates in her well-reasoned analysis and the artist herself comments on in an extensive interview. With more than 200 illustrations, this is an excellent progress report on the work of a contemporary artist who will surely grow in significance and renown. --Donna Seaman