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Kiki Smith's Favorite Poems
A Reading in contemporary Poetry
Tuesday, March 3, 2018, 8 pm
Haus der Kunst

The American artist Kiki Smith feels a deep connection to poetry and shares a spiritual affinity with the poets Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, Leslie Scalapino and Anne Waldman. In close collaboration with these poets, Smith has created wonderful artist’s books, most of which are printed in limited editions on handmade paper and then hand-colored; some of these are even in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The inspiration is mutual: several of Kiki Smith’s sculptures are based on texts by Anne Waldman (If I Could Say This With My Body, Would I. I Would.); Leslie Scalapino writes poems based on drawings by Kiki Smith (Women Being Eats by Animals); and Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge writes on Kiki Smith’s lithographs of organ-like forms (Endocrinology) or on her drawing of a dandelion (Concordance). Texts and images revolve around the human body, femininity, animated nature, spirituality, death, social-political themes and societal conditions.

Fig.: Kiki Smith, Born, 2002, Bronze, 99,1 x 256,5 x 61 cm, Photograph by Ellen Page Wilson, courtesy Pace Gallery © Kiki Smith, courtesy Pace Gallery.



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