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b. 1977, USA

Michael E. Smith Biography

Michael E. Smith’s sculptures strip everyday objects down to their most minimal state. In his constructions, Smith employs materials both natural and manmade, highlighting a tension between a culture of abundance and the rapid loss of reserves. Organising the installation of his sculptures and videos around existing architectural features, Smith builds an emotional tenor throughout the spaces of his exhibitions. Tied to their sources, the works reveal the social and economic factors involved in their making. Originating from the discarded elements of our society, they bear with them the accumulated traces of human experience, evoking simultaneously their future and their loss. Michael E. Smith lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at institutions that include: Kunsthalle Basel (2018), SMAK, Ghent (2017), Kunstverein Hannover (2015), De Appel, Amsterdam (2015), Sculpture Center, Queens (2015), La Triennale di Milano, Milan (2014), Power Station, Dallas (2014), CAPC musee d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux (2013) and Contemporary Art Museum, St Louis (2011), among others. Smith is included in the 58th Venice Biennale and participated in the 2012 Whitney Biennial. His work has additionally been included in group exhibitions at venues including MoMA PS1, Queens (2014), Frankfurter Kunstverein (2014), and MOCA Cleveland, Cleveland (2013), among others.

Michael E. Smith Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Michael E. Smith contemporary artwork
Michael E. SmithUntitled, 2020Selenite, gloves
16 1/4 x 9 3/4 x 9 inches
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Untitled by Michael E. Smith contemporary artwork
Michael E. SmithUntitled, 2020Turtle shells, sweatshirts
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Untitled by Michael E. Smith contemporary artwork
Michael E. SmithUntitled, 2020Fans, bird sounds
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Untitled by Michael E. Smith contemporary artwork
Michael E. SmithUntitled, 2020Ball, reflectors, glue
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Untitled by Michael E. Smith contemporary artwork
Michael E. SmithUntitled, 2019Sweatshirt, stork beaks, magnets, plastic
101 x 52.1 x 89 cm
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Untitled by Michael E. Smith contemporary artwork
Michael E. SmithUntitled, 2019Automobile gas and brake pedals, hip bones
45.7 x 41.9 x 52.1 cm
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Untitled by Michael E. Smith contemporary artwork
Michael E. SmithUntitled, 2018Video camera, potato
22.9 x 22.9 x 61 cm
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Untitled by Michael E. Smith contemporary artwork
Michael E. SmithUntitled, 2018Flute, seed pod
115.6 x 14 x 7 cm
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Michael E. Smith Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Michael E. Smith, Michael E. Smith at Andrew Kreps Gallery, 22 Cortlandt Alley, New York
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29 February–28 March 2020 Michael E. Smith Andrew Kreps Gallery22 Cortlandt Alley
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Since Last We Met at Simon Lee Gallery, New York
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13 November–21 December 2019 Group Exhibition Since Last We Met Simon Lee GalleryNew York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Sculptures at Andrew Kreps Gallery, 537 West 22nd Street, New York
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12 July–10 August 2018 Group Exhibition Sculptures Andrew Kreps Gallery537 West 22nd Street

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Michael E. Smith In Related Press

The Everyday Politics of Conceptual Art Related Press The Everyday Politics of Conceptual Art 4 May 2018, Hyperallergic

For his current exhibition at Michigan State University’s Broad Museum, Michael E. Smith had the handles removed from the large glass doors to the exhibition space. Smudges from the labor remain — he requested that custodians not clean the glass for the show’s duration. The blemishes are barely noticeable, as the doors stay open during business...

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