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Barbara T. Smith, Xerox, Birth, 1965–66, Xerox, 14 x 8 1/2".

Barbara T. Smith

Andrew Kreps Gallery

Barbara T. Smith, Xerox, Birth, 1965–66, Xerox, 14 x 8 1/2".

Barbara T. Smith, and her definitively SoCal brand of corporeally oriented Conceptualism, has until recently been underrepresented on the East Coast. In 2015, the artist’s first exhibition with Andrew Kreps Gallery centered on her work in resin, a medium she was drawn to in 1968 for its seemingly contradictory qualities of transparency and resilience. This, her second exhibition with the gallery, examined these qualities in regard to her visionary engagements with technology in the 1960s and ’70s. Archival materials documenting three cultish performances were shown alongside a suite produced over three years with a 914 Xerox machine. The show couldn’t have been timelier: Opening January 18, two days before the second Women’s March, it reckoned with the ways in which identity can be constituted and alienated by developments in technology and imagemaking, and what this all foists

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