American artists Kiki Smith (b. 1954) and her father Tony Smith (1912–1980) represent the zeitgeist of their respective generations. Known as an originator of Minimalism, Tony is recognized most for his large-scale geometric works in steel, while Kiki has garnered international acclaim for her sculptures, prints and drawings, which focus on narrative, the human condition and the natural world.
This exhibition highlights Black Box (1962–67) and Born (2002), two exceptional pieces from the collection of the National Gallery of Canada that present divergent takes on materiality, on art historical philosophy, and on the role of the artist in society. Simultaneously, they each offer equally compelling meditations on presence, embodiment and consciousness.
Together for the first time in Canada, this pairing connects the objective with the subjective, formalism with mythology, and allows for a deeper exploration into the working methods, inspiration and processes of two of the twentieth century’s most influential artists.