Four new tapestry editions by Kiki Smith will make their debut as part of "Kiki Smith: Wonder," opening at Pace Gallery at 510 West 25th Street in New York this Friday, February 28, 2014. The exhibition, says the gallery, "presents the artist’s investigation of the natural and spiritual worlds through works made of aluminum, bronze, fine silver, textile, stained and hand-blown antique glass, and paint."
Several works in the show refer to the transition from winter to spring via the motif of hoarfrost, the natural crystallization of water vapor, which appears throughout "Wonder" in various forms ranging from silver and stainless steel sculptures (up to 13 feet in size!) to the eponymous tapestry edition Hoarfrost.
The artist was still putting the finishing touches on her new tapestries by hand as the show was being installed; those lucky enough to attend the opening were the first to see these editions.
"Kiki Smith: Wonder" is the artist’s first major New York gallery show in four years and marks the twentieth anniversary of Smith’s first solo exhibition at the Pace Gallery.
Opening the same night and running concurrently (through March 29) at Pace's 534 West 25th Street location around the corner, "Chuck Close: Nudes 1967-2014" presents a survey of Close's Polaroids and daguerreotypes of friends and strangers in the buff, as well as the 10 by 21 foot Big Nude, a 1967 painting on loan from a private collection and never before exhibited publicly in New York.
For more details on both shows, please visit Pace Gallery's website.
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