Dear Shaded Viewers,
I visited the stand of Galleria Raffaella Cortese while walking through Fiac last week and was struck by the magnificant design by Kiki Smith. I knew her back in the 80's in NYC at the beginning of her career and I've followed her work from a far since then. Actually she was a much closer friend to my good friend, Sally Beers, than to me but I do remember hanging out a bit with her back in NYC in the 80's. Kiki was born in 1954 in Nuremberg, Germany, the daughter of sculptor Tony Smith. She moved to NYC in 1976. When her father died in 1980 she turned her attention to themes of mortality and decay, focusing on human corporeality. She had her first solo exhibition in NYC in 1982.
This particular work of Kiki's was created in 2000 and quite rare for its size and quality. It was made on Nepalese paper as a collage. I remember