Untitled

A work made of ink on gampi paper.

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  • A work made of ink on gampi paper.

Date:

1988

Artist:

Kiki Smith
American, born Germany, 1954

About this artwork

Kiki Smith has been instrumental in shifting the abstract rhetoric of the human form in art into a grounded conversation about the body, particularly as it is defined in social and political terms. Her figurative sculpture examines the physical and spiritual nature of the body by presenting it in an abject, fragmented, and damaged state. Untitled, which is one of only a few sculptures by Smith that investigates the male form, is executed in tissue-thin gampi paper—a fragile and ephemeral material—to convey the porous and permeable quality of skin. Here, as in much of Smith’s work, the artist engaged viewers in issues of individual and collective health and disease, heroization and victimization, and life and death.

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Artist

Kiki Smith

Title

Untitled

Origin

United States

Date

1988

Medium

Ink on gampi paper

Dimensions

121.9 x 96.5 x 17.8 cm (48 x 38 x 7 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Lannan Foundation

Reference Number

1997.121

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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