Video by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 2014

 

American Artist Shinique Smith is inspired by the vast vocabulary of things that we consume and discard. Examining the ways in which such objects can resonate on a personal and social scale, Smith pursues the graceful and spiritual qualities in the written word and the everyday.

 

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Commission
Shinique Smith on the Rose Kennedy Greenway
Mural Commission for Dewey Square
August 23, 2014 - March 1, 2015
Boston, MA
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Museum Exhibition
Shinique Smith at Museum of Fine Arts Boston
"Shinique Smith: Bright Matter"
August 23, 2014 - March 1, 2015
Boston, MA
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Commission
Shinique Smith MTA Arts for Transit Commission
Permanent Installation at the Mother Clare Hale Bus Depot
Inauguration: Fall 2014
New York, NY
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Videos
Shinique Smith: Firsthand
YouTube Video
April 15, 2013 - October 31, 2014
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA
ArtworksThumbnails
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SHINIQUE SMITH Splendid, 2014 Ink, acrylic, fabric and paper collage, yarn, ribbon and found objects on wood panel 60 x 78 x 6 in. (152.4 x 198.1 x 15.2 cm)

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SHINIQUE SMITH Right through You, 2014 Ink, acrylic, fabric and paper collage and found objects on wood panel 60 x 48 x 2 in. (152.4 x 121.9 x 5.1 cm)

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SHINIQUE SMITH Bale Variant No. 0023 (Totem), 2014 Clothing, fabric, twine and wood 96 x 20 x 20 in. (243.8 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm)

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SHINIQUE SMITH Shield Maiden, 2014 Acrylic, fabric and collage on canvas over wood panel
60 x 48 x 8 in. (152.4 x 121.9 x 20.3 cm)

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SHINIQUE SMITH Werewolf Thunders in the Village, 2014 Ink, acrylic, fabric, and collage on paper 23 1/2 x 23 in. (59.7 x 58.4 cm)

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SHINIQUE SMITH Gravity of Love, 2013 Ink, acrylic, paper and fabric collage on wood panel 84 x 84 x 2 1/4 inches
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SHINIQUE SMITH My song to sing, 2013 Ink, acrylic, paper and fabric collage on wood panel 84 x 84 x 2 inches
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SHINIQUE SMITH No Key, No Question, 2013 Ink, acrylic, fabric and collage on canvas over panel 60 x 60 x 2 inches
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SHINIQUE SMITH Gnosis, 2013 Ink, fabric and acrylic on wood panel 48 x 48 x 5 inches
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SHINIQUE SMITH Soul Elsewhere, 2013 Artist’s clothing, fiber-fill and rope 38 1/2 x 18 x 14 inches
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SHINIQUE SMITH This Yellow Shell , 2013 Clothing, fabric, bamboo, ribbon, rope and twine 65 x 15 1/2 x 12 inches
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SHINIQUE SMITH Bouquet, 2012 Acrylic, ink, found objects, fabric, and paper collage on canvas over panel 48 x 36 x 8 inches
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SHINIQUE SMITH Her Blue Body, 2012 Clothing, fabric, ribbon, and rope 60 x 22 x 20 inches
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SHINIQUE SMITH Past Time, 2012 Acrylic and fabric collage on panel 24 x 24 x 8 inches
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SHINIQUE SMITH Seascape, 2012 Clothing, pillows, and ribbon 26 x 16 1/8 x 16 7/8 inches
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SHINIQUE SMITH Through native streets, 2011 Ink, acrylic, fabric, paper collage and found objects on canvas over panel 60 x 48 x 6 inches Courtesy Yvon Lambert, Paris
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SHINIQUE SMITH Bale Variant No. 0020, 2011 Clothing, fabric, paper, ribbon and found objects 79 x 30 x 30 inches Photographer: Christian Patterson
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SHINIQUE SMITH Of A Particular Perfume, 2011 Hand-dyed clothing, fabric, binding and wood 72 x 2 x 52 inches
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SHINIQUE SMITH The whole realm was his, 2010 Acrylic, rope and found objects 72 x 2 x 52 inches Photographer: Tim McAfee
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SHINIQUE SMITH Monochrome, 2010 Clothing, binding and wood 60 x 48 x 4 inches
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SHINIQUE SMITH Untitled (Whistler's Mother), 2009 Clothing, fabric, ribbon, rope, twin and chair 52 x 44 x 34 inches
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SHINIQUE SMITH Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red, 2009 Found fabric and clothing on panel (5 panels) 60 x 243 x 8 inches Private collection Photographer: Stephen Brayne, New York
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SHINIQUE SMITH and the livin' is easy, 2009 Acrylic, fabric, ribbon, found objects and collage on canvas over wood panel 96 x 72 x 4 inches
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SHINIQUE SMITH mandala, 2009 Denim, bleach, ink, dye and collage on canvas over wood panel 84 x 84 x 5 inches
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SHINIQUE SMITH Like it Like that, 2009 Mixed media installation Installation view: Studio Museum in Harlem, New York Photographer: Adam Reich
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SHINIQUE SMITH Bale Variant No. 0017, 2009 Hand-dyed clothing, fabric, binding and wood 72 x 52 x 52 inches Private collection Photographer: Stephen Brayne, New York
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SHINIQUE SMITH Twilight's Compendium, 2009 Mixed media installation Installation view: Denver Art Museum Photographer: Jeff Wells
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SHINIQUE SMITH Favorite Of The Gods, 2008 Ink, acrylic, fabric, collage and found objects on canvas over wood panel (2 panels) 96 x 120 x 3 inches Private collection
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SHINIQUE SMITH No Thief To Blame, 2008 Clothing, shoes, ink, acrylic, collage and ribbon Installation view: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
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SHINIQUE SMITH Mamificent, 2007 Clothing, climbing rope, stool, plastic, doll, ribbon and carpet Dimensions variable
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SHINIQUE SMITH Swaying Beauty, 2007 Clothing, foam, rope and twine 60 x 22 x 22 inches Collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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SHINIQUE SMITH No dust, no stain, 2006 Mixed media installation Installation view: Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami Photographer: Steven Brooke
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SHINIQUE SMITH Arcadian Cluster, 2006 Mixed media installation Installation view: P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York
Artist BioDownload Bio English PDF
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Photographer: Eric Wolfe, 2012

 

Shinique Smith is inspired by the vast vocabulary of things that we consume and discard. Examining the ways in which such objects can resonate on a personal and social scale, Smith pursues the graceful and spiritual qualities in the written word and the everyday.

 

In works made from the class of objects we call ‘belongings,’ Smith collides the intractable hard geometry and hard thinking that defines urban existence—what Paul D. Miller called “cubes of consciousness” in a 2010 catalogue essay—with the softening, emotionally steeped influence of the worn-down, nostalgic or forgotten. She describes a way of living and looking that is fueled by a flow of relationships between opposites: discrete displaced parts are transformed, becoming one, when grouped or bound together by her hand through a ritual of process. The resulting configurations often straddle the line between chaos and restraint.

 

Ascribing equal value to both cherished and discarded objects, Smith reinterprets the connections on which we build our personal myths and examines the relationships that contemporary societies establish with the inanimate and the intimate. What is valuable to an individual, culture or society, and why is it valuable? Through her efforts, a new spirit emerges. 

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SHINIQUE SMITH, Bale Variant No. 0020, 2011, Clothing, fabric, paper, ribbon and found objects, 79 x 30 x 30 inches, Photographer: Christian Patterson.

 

 

Shinique Smith was born in 1971 in Baltimore, MD.  She earned both her BFA and MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her MAT from Tufts University and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  Smith was featured in the 2005 International Istanbul Biennial and in the Rubell Family Collection’s famed 30 Americans, which traveled on to the Chrysler Museum, Norfolk; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; Milwaukee Art Museum, WI; and the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh.  Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, CO; Illinois State University Galleries, Normal; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, WI; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Savannah College of Art and Design, GA; Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), Winston-Salem; and the Studio Museum in Harlem, NY.

 

Smith has also been featured in important group exhibitions at the Birmingham Museum of Art, AL; Brooklyn Museum, NY; Bronx Museum, NY; Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans; Denver Art Museum, CO; Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany; Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson; Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, Hungary; MMK Museum for Modern Art, Frankfurt am Main, Germany; Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore; National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; New Museum, New York; P.S.1. MoMA Contemporary Art Center, New York; Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Museum, CA; Savannah College of Art and Design, GA; Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City; Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; Texas Southern University Museum, Houston; The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; and the Westport Arts Center, CT.

 

Smith’s work is included in several prestigious permanent collections, including the Brooklyn Museum, NY; Denver Art Museum, CO; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; Margulies Collection Miami; Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore; Rubell Family Collection, Miami; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.  The recipient of numerous awards, Shinique Smith lives and works in upstate NY.

Exhibitions
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Gallery Exhibition
Shinique Smith
Bold as Love
February 15 - March 16, 2013
New York
Press / Media
Articles / Reviews
Boston Magazine
"Public Event Will Celebrate New Dewey Square Mural by Shinique Smith," by Yiqing Shao
Articles / Reviews
The Huffington Post
"Shinique Smith Crafts A Celestial Universe From Ink, Textiles And Other 'Bright Matter,'" by Katherine Brooks
Articles / Reviews
The Boston Globe
"Shinique Smith exhibit wild and welcoming," by Cate McQuaid
Articles / Reviews
Artinfo
"21 Questions for Mini-Retrospective Subject Shinique Smith," by Ashton Cooper
Articles / Reviews
Boston Magazine
"Shinique Smith Talks New MFA Exhibit, Dewey Square Mural," by Olga Khvan
Articles / Reviews
The Boston Globe
"Bringing joy to Smith’s ‘BRIGHT MATTER’ works," by Geoff Edgers
Articles / Reviews
BostInno
"The MFA & Greenway Are Teaming Up to Bring Vibrant, Electrifying Art to Boston," by Nick DeLuca
Articles / Reviews
The Boston Globe
"Grants bring whirl of public art for Greenway," by Geoff Edgers
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City Pulse
"Art, dreams and jazz," by Lawrence Cosentino
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Express Milwaukee
“Art and Consumerism,” by Kat Murrell
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The New York Times
“Utopian Vision Born of a Harsh Truth,” by Hilarie M. Sheets
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Imby
“Artist Talk Moderated by Linda Earle Focuses on Hudson Artist Shinique Smith,” by Dale Stewart
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Sculpture Magazine
“Anonymous Exchanges: A Conversation with Shinique Smith,“ by Kathleen Whitney
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Articles / Reviews
Art in America
"Art in Transit: A Conversation with Shinique Smith,” by Melissa C. Morris
Articles / Reviews
Weld for Birmingham
"Time Framed"
Articles / Reviews
Huffington Post
"Female Artists 2013: Celebrate International Women's Day With 10 To Watch This Year"
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Whitewall
"Shinique Smith: All you Need is Love," by Ryan McClure
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Articles / Reviews
The New York Times
"Giving Castoffs a Second Life," by Hilarie M. Sheets
Articles / Reviews
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"Bundles of Energy," by Karen Rosenberg
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Articles / Reviews
Huffington Post
"Care Bears and My Little Pony: Shinique Smith's Brooklyn Treasure Trove," by Marina Cashdan
Articles / Reviews
ARTnews
"Clothes Connection" by Barbara Pollack
News
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Videos
YouTube Video
Dewey Square, Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston, MA
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Museum Exhibition
"Shinique Smith: Bright Matter"
August 23, 2014 - March 1, 2015
Boston, MA
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Commission
Mural Commission for Dewey Square
August 23, 2014 - March 1, 2015
Boston, MA
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Artist Talk/Lecture
CoHosts Speaker Series
May 1, 2014, 7PM
Baltimore, MA
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Artist Talk/Lecture
Panel: Blue Notes of Blues People
April 25, 2014
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
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Artist Talk/Lecture
Artist Talk
April 5, 2014, 4PM
Hudson, NY
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Commission
Permanent Installation at the Mother Clare Hale Bus Depot
Inauguration: Fall 2014
New York, NY
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Artist Talk/Lecture
Shinique Smith at The Broad Art Museum
MSUFCU Artist-in-Residence
February 7, 2014
Lansing, MI
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Museum Exhibition
Group Exhibition
January 22 - May 18, 2014
Milwaukee, WI
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Museum Exhibition
Group Exhibition
January 11 - March 30, 2014
Rochester, MI
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Museum Exhibition
Group Exhibition
October 31, 2013 - March 23, 2014
Houston, TX
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Gallery Exhibition
Group Exhibition
September 26 - December 8, 2013
New York, NY
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Museum Exhibition
Group Exhibition
August 18 - November 17, 2013
Birmingham, AL
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Podcasts
Work Description by Shinique Smith
Birmingham, AL
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Videos
YouTube Video
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
February 9, 2013–July 19, 2013
Los Angeles, LA
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
November 18, 2010 – February 13, 2011
Winston-Salem, NC
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Touring Exhibition
September 16 – November 19, 2010
Miami, FL
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
Apr 2, 2009 - Jun 28, 2009
New York, NY
Books
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Publication
Shinique Smith: To the Ocean of Everyone Else
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Shinique Smith: Menagerie