June 2011: Kiki Smith Woodcuts

New Acquisition: Kiki Smith Woodcuts

installing two prints by kiki smithOn June 28, assistant curator Jessica Marten and facilities crew member Barry Scheiven hung a pair of recently acquired woodcut prints by groundbreaking American artist Kiki Smith. The works, along with 10 other prints from the suite Mortal (2007), were the gift of the Gallery Council. Self-published and printed in black on Japanese paper, Mortal depicts the final stages of the life of Smith’s mother. With great economy, the prints in the portfolio evoke a pathos similar in feeling to the German Expressionists.

“The Gallery is fortunate to possess such poignant and powerful works of art by one of the premier contemporary American artists,” says director Grant Holcomb. Learn more

The light-sensitive works were taken off view on October 10.