Annunciation, 2010

by

Kiki Smith

Kiki Smith. Annunciation. 2010. Bronze. 150 x 50 x 80 cm

Collection Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

© Kiki Smith © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

Kiki Smith. Annunciation (2010)

Yves Klein, Anthropométrie sans titre (ANT 104), (1960)

Œuvres d'Alberto Giacometti : [Buste d'homme (Lotar II)] (Vers 1964-1965), [Buste d'Homme assis (Lotar III)] (vers 1965), Grande Femme II  (1960), Homme qui chavire (1950), Tête sur tige (1947),

[Homme qui pointe] (1951), Trois hommes qui marchent I /Trois hommes

qui marchent [grand plateau]  (1948), Femme de Venise III (1956)

© Succession Yves Klein c/o Adagp, Paris, 2018. © Kiki Smith. © Succession Alberto Giacometti (Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris + Adagp, Paris, 2018) © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

Kiki Smith, Annunciation (2010)

Yves Klein, Anthropométrie sans titre (ANT 104), (1960)

Ian Cheng, Emissary Forks at Perfection (2015)

© Kiki Smith © Succession Yves Klein c/o Adagp, Paris, 2018 © Ian Cheng

© Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

The title of Kiki Smith’s piece evokes the Angel Gabriel’s revelation to Mary that she will conceive Jesus.

The sculpture does not reflect traditional iconography, however, with its hand raised in a gesture that wavers between a greeting and the fear of an invisible object. The figure appears suspended from this gesture. Its female attributes, such as the hair, are countered by an androgynous identity that is also signalled by the unremarkable indoor clothing. The anatomical treatment of the figure, and its scale, prevents any anchoring in the traditional vocabulary of sculpture, leaving it as an enigma. This is partly resolved by the artist, who suggests that “The Annunciation isn’t far from the way the artist experiences ideas”.

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Kiki Smith

Born in 1954, in Nuremberg (Germany)
Lives and works in New York (United States)

Since the early 1980s, Kiki Smith’s work has been establishing analogies between various techniques (drawing, sculpture, painting on glass) and living things. It is influenced by fantasy and mediaeval art, and responds with a certain virulence to its time.
In the Same Exhibition

Kaikai Kiki ,2005

Visitation of the Bird II, 2007