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Friday, July 22, 2011

Art news & notes: High names new board chairwoman, and goes coo coo for Kiki Smith

The High announced today the appointment of TBS exec Louise Sams as the museum's new board chairwoman. Sams, who's served on the board for eight years, succeeds board chairman James L. Henderson, III, after a four-year run.

The Executive Vice President and General Counsel, of TBS, Inc. and President, TBS International, Sams is also on the board of trustees of Princeton University, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree, the board of directors of the Metro Atlanta YMCA and the board of councilors of the Carter Center.

In addition to the new board appointment, the museum also recently acquired a collection of 56 prints by renowned artist Kiki Smith. The acquisition was a partial gift from collector Stephen Dull and a partial purchase. The large acquisition makes the High a major national repository for Smith’s graphic work, and will be exhibited in Kiki Smith: Rituals at the High Oct. 8, 2011-Jan. 22, 2012.

Carla Aaron-Lopez offers an interesting first-person account of working with Smith over on BurnAway.

More info and some big, beautiful images of Smith's work after the jump.

From the press release:

American artist Kiki Smith is a feminist, politically oriented conceptual artist whose work often focuses the themes of birth, death and regeneration. Her work as a printmaker is particularly extensive and can be found in museums throughout the United States and abroad. She has been the subject of numerous exhibitions. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, has consistently exhibited and collected her prints, and in 2003 mounted “Kiki Smith: Prints, Drawings & Things,” a major retrospective of her printmaking.

The collection, which includes works made between 1991 and 2004, features many of the artist’s best-known prints and represents all aspects of the extraordinary range of techniques and imagery in her graphic work. Highlights include the monumentally scaled color lithograph “Born,” 2002 (68⅛ x 56⅛ inches), and the mixed-technique print “My Blue Lake,” 1995 (43 11/16 x 54¾ inches), which combines Photogravure, à la poupée inking and lithograph. This collection will join Smith’s important installation “Mother,” acquired by the High 1993.

Jewel, 2004. Aquatint and etching; set of three prints
  • Purchase with General Acquisitions Fund and funds from Elaine L. Levin and Diane Wisebram and gift of Stephen Dull. Published by Harlan & Weaver, New York.
  • Jewel, 2004. Aquatint and etching; set of three prints

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