Kiki Smith - Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Thursday, November 15, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Pace Wildenstein, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    Kiki Smith is a leading fgure among artists addressing philosophical, social, and spiritual aspects of human nature, whose career spans more than three decades. Her work is layered with meaning and metaphor, centered on themes of feminism and the female form. In reference to the female body and its importance to her work, Smith explains, “It’s how we’re here and also in my personal life has some dissatisfaction and I have to deal with it. But it’s how we’re here, our experience, and it is an enormously culturally loaded base. The body can make an investigation, be a space of investigations.” (Kiki Smith quoted in “Interview with Kiki Smith by Christine Kuan”, Oxford Art, Oxford University Press, 2007).


Seated Nude

bronze with silver nitrate patina on painted wood base
figure: 44 x 13 1/2 x 18 in. (111.8 x 34.3 x 45.7 cm)
pedestal: 38 1/8 x 18 x 15 in. (96.8 x 45.7 x 38.1 cm)
overall: 67 1/8 x 18 x 21 in. (170.5 x 45.7 x 53.3 cm)

Inscribed "Kiki Smith 2005 3/3" on the underside of the figure. This work is number three from an edition of three plus one artist's proof.

$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $98,500

Contemporary Art Day Sale

16 November 2012
New York