Kiki Smith: Touch of the Eye/Look of the Hand

  • Sep 28, 2008 – Dec 7, 2008
Installation view: Weatherspoon Art Museum, 2008.

Smith counts among her influences animals and natural phenomena, art history and visual culture around the world, and artists from the generation preceding her—such as Eva Hesse, Nancy Spero, and Jasper Johns. Certainly, she shares with Johns a passion for the infinite possibilities of printmaking. Another influence has been her Catholic upbringing, which she has mined for female role models, and her work addresses the collective themes of death and mortality, birth and regeneration. The dozen works in this exhibition, on loan from a private collector, range from a print Smith began in 1985 to those dating from the last several years. The remarkable range of her inventiveness in various forms of printmaking is also well represented: linoleum cuts, etching, aquatint, lithograph, and photogravure.

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