30 Americans: Shinique Smith

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9 Days to 30 Americans

(born 1971)

Many found objects, from old fabrics and discarded picture frames to sneakers and T-shirts make up much of Baltimore-native Shinique Smith’s intriguing art. She sometimes incorporates street graffiti and Japanese calligraphy in works that both comment on public consumption and serve as personal reflections. Such is the case with her captivating 2007 sculpture a bull, a rose, a tempest, which she has described as part of a “big requiem.” The work incorporates memorabilia of deceased artists, including a T-shirt featuring the late rapper Tupac Shakur, who entered the Baltimore School of the Arts the year she left.

Learn more about the 30 Americans exhibition at http://arkansasartscenter.org/30-Americans.

To view Smith’s work visit http://shiniquesmith.com/.


photo: Cohan Gallery

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