Smith has been known since the 1980s for her multidisciplinary practice relating to the human condition and the natural world. She uses a broad variety of materials to continuously expand and evolve a body of work that includes sculpture, printmaking, photography, drawing and textile.

Smith has been the subject of numerous one-person exhibitions worldwide including over 25 solo museum exhibitions. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is the recipient of several awards including the 2012 National Medal of Arts, conferred by Hillary Clinton; the 2010 Nelson A. Rockefeller Award, Purchase College School of the Arts; the 2009 Edward MacDowell Medal, and the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture in 2000, among others. In 2006, Smith was recognized by TIME Magazine as one of the “TIME 100: The People Who Shape Our World.” She is an adjunct professor at NYU and Columbia University.

Kiki Smith
Kiki Smith
Nuremberg, 1954

Current Exhibitions

Kiki Smith: Murmur

Pace Gallery 537 West 24th Street

01 Mar — 30 Mar
“Murmur” gathers new works by the American-born artist Kiki Smith, which highlight the multidisciplinary approach pursued in her artistic practice throughout her career. Etchings, cyanotypes, woodblock...
15 Feb — 02 Jun
American artist Kiki Smith (Nuremberg, 1954) is putting on a major solo show at Palazzo Pitti, Florence. The exhibition is supported by Galleria Continua. Kiki Smith combines traditional techniques with the most sophisticated...
29 Nov — 31 Mar
Taking as starting point Walter Benjamin’s reflections, the exhibition gathers a group of women artists who investigate the traditional canons of production of images in art. The philosopher, in fact, coined the term “optical unconscious”,...

Past Exhibitions

Kiki Smith: Woodland

Timothy Taylor
13/09/2018 — 27/10/2018

Kiki Smith: Procession

Haus der Kunst 02/02/2018 — 03/06/2018

Drawing Line into Form: Works on Paper by Sculptors from the Collection of BNY Mellon

Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU
22/10/2016 — 15/01/2017

Belief + Doubt: Selections From The Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz Collection

Nsu Art Museum Fort Lauderdale
26/08/2016 — 22/01/2017

Urs Fischer: False Friends

Museum of Art and History 28/04/2016 — 17/07/2016

Solo Shows


Kiki Smith, Murmur, Pace Gallery, New York

Kiki Smith, ‘What I Saw on the Road’ Galleria Continua, Palazzo Pitti, Florence


Kiki Smith, Woodland, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London


Kiki Smith, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy

Kiki Smith: Wonder, Pace Gallery

Kiki Smith: Transformations, UNT on the Square, University of North Texas, Denton


Kiki Smith: Inventions, Pace Prints, New York


I Myself Have Seen It: Photography & Kiki Smith; Scottsdale, AZ Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art;

Kiki Smith; Gund Gallery, Kenyon College; Gambier, OH

Kiki Smith: Meravigliosa Creatura; Fondazione Mario Merz; Turin, Italy

Kiki Smith; Timothy Taylor Gallery; London, England

Kiki Smith; Barbara Gross Galerie; Munich, Germany

Kiki Smith; Galleria Raffaella Cortese; Milan, Italy

Kiki Smith’s Chorus; The Last Lot; New York, NY

Visionary Sugar: Works by Kiki Smith; Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York; Purchase, NY

Kiki Smith: Catching Shadows; Galerie Lelong; Paris, France


Kiki Smith; Barbara Krakow Gallery; Boston, MA

I Myself Have Seen It: Photography & Kiki Smith; Evanston, IL

Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University;

I Myself Have Seen It: Photography & Kiki Smith; Tang Museum, Skidmore College; Saratoga Springs, NY


Kiki Smith; Galleria Lorcan O’Neill; Roma, Italy

Kiki Smith: Mortal; Galerie Lelong, Printshop; Paris, France

Kiki Smith: Color Still; Under Museum of Contemporary Art; Colle di Val d’Elsa, Italy

Kiki Smith: Lodestar; The Pace Gallery: New York, NY

I Myself Have Seen It: Photography in the Work of Kiki Smith: Henry Art Gallery; Seattle, WA

Kiki Smith: Sojourn; Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum; Brooklyn, New York

Kiki Smith: Color Still; Under Museum of Contemporary Art; Colle di Val d’Elsa, Italy

Kiki Smith; Galerie Lelong; Paris, France

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Nuremberg Country of birth: Germany Date of birth: 1954 Lives in: New York and Catskill, USA