Kiki Smith, Cathedral, 2012, jacquard tapestry, 116 1⁄8 × 75 5⁄8".

Kiki Smith, Cathedral, 2012, jacquard tapestry, 116 1⁄8 × 75 5⁄8".

Kiki Smith

Modern Art Oxford

“Kiki Smith: I am a Wanderer” coincided with another, larger Smith show at the Monnaie de Paris. Featuring nearly one hundred exhibits and including a generous number of large sculptures, the Paris show would have been the destination of choice for aficionados of Smith’s sculpture. Modern Art Oxford’s exhibition, loosely designed to link the narrative and mythological elements of Smith’s work with the city’s historic museums, featured only small three-dimensional pieces, along with an absorbing selection of virtuoso prints (for example, the tense, strange, powerfully memorable photogravure lithograph My Blue Lake, 1995, in which the artist’s face is photographically morphed into a form resembling an ancient Mycenaean mask). The light-filled Upper Gallery held the project some might judge to be the real apex of Smith’s oeuvre: her 2012– series of digital jacquard tapestries (the full set

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