This book documents artist Kiki Smith’s first major career survey and includes an illustrated chronology, bibliography, exhibition history, artist interview, and an original artwork insert by the artist. Smith’s work frequently references the human body, which is echoed directly on the cover with a self-portrait made using the artist’s hair and on the endpapers with thermographic replicas of the artist’s arm tattoos. Indirectly, the book is conceived as an object with its own material body, reflected in the edge-painting that enhances its object-like status and the soft tonality of the paper that communicates the warmth and fleshiness of the work. The mix of classical and modern typography mirrors Smith’s interest in the historical and contemporary aspects of religion and science.
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