Emily Mae Smith - Unbound: Online Auction New York Tuesday, April 9, 2019 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Laurel Gitlen, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    Interview with Maurizio Cattelan, Purple Magazine, 2016

    Speaking about her signature motifs (teeth, mustaches, backsides) that appear throughout many of her paintings the artist responds to fellow artist Maurzion Cattelan who asks her pointedly:

    Maurizion Cattelan: Who is this ass?

    Emily Mae Smith: It's a slippery signifier. The ass is sometimes a tragic figure, the butt of the paintings joke. In certain paintings that emphasize dynamics of power and control. it means the corpreal body. In some of the newer paintings, the ass is a sassy aggressor, like a comedian, blowing smoke in the face of adversity.


Body Medicated

signed and dated "Emily Mae Smith 2014" on the overlap
prepared ground, acrylic and oil on linen
14 x 11 1/8 in. (35.6 x 28.3 cm.)
Executed in 2014.

$4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for $10,000

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Unbound: Online Auction

Bidding Closes 18 April 2019