Anj Smith: Paintings

Anj Smith: Paintings
Library Shelf Location 18.SMIT
Publication Date 2013
Description New York, NY… The eerie, luminous, compact portraits and landscapes of London-based artist Anj Smith are exercises in extravagant meticulousness. The magic of her laboriously depicted figures and motifs, however, derives in large part from the contrast Smith creates in surrounding areas of loamy, thickly applied impasto. This formal incongruence – between the intricate and the inchoate, between a jewel-like glow and rough scratchings, between filigree and mire – is crucial to Smith’s work. It suggests that she seeks to navigate a murky psychological space far beyond the reach of her virtuosic single-bristle brush. In her world, certainty is just a vestige of the past, with everything today existing in a fragile, constantly shifting instability. Beginning 15 January 2013, Hauser & Wirth New York will present ‘Anj Smith: The Flowering of Phantoms’, an exhibition of new paintings that will remain on view in the gallery’s East 69th Street townhouse through 23 February. The exhibition coincides with the publication of ‘Anj Smith – Paintings’, the first major monograph devoted to the artist’s work.
ISBN 9781907946370
Quantity 2
Pages 104 pages; 40 colour images
Authors Caoimhin Mac Giolla Leith, Alison Gingeras
Format Hardback
Publisher Hauser & Wirth, London
Related Artist Anj Smith
Category Painting
Keywords Death, Decay, Skulls
Artist's Nationality British/UK
Language English

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