Cheim & Read presents Kimber Smith, Paintings: 1967 – 1980, the gallery’s first exhibition with the artist, and his first exhibition in the US since 2011.
Born in 1922, American artist Kimber Smith had his first exhibition in 1951 at The New Gallery, New York, where his work was paired with Joan Mitchell. In 1954, Smith decamped to Paris where he lived and worked in an expatriate community of painters including Mitchell, Sam Francis, and Shirley Jaffe. He continued to exhibit regularly in the US and Europe until his death in 1981. A retrospective exhibition was held at Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (2004), which traveled to the Josef Albers Museum, Bottrop, Germany (2004–2005). Characterised by liberated brushstrokes, loosely rendered geometric shapes, and intense colours, Smith’s paintings anticipate the work of influential artists such as Mary Heilmann, Richard Aldrich, and Joe Bradley.
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