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  • Alexis Smith, The American Way, 1980, mixed-media collage, 16 × 52".

    Alexis Smith, The American Way, 1980, mixed-media collage, 16 × 52".

    Alexis Smith

    Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego | La Jolla

    “Alexis Smith: The American Way” is the Los Angeles artist’s first retrospective in three decades, comprising early artist books made in the 1970s, room-size installations from the 1980s, and more recent mixed-media collages that extend into the 2010s. A proper, well-structured presentation of some fifty works, it nevertheless maintains a sense of intimacy, like a love letter from the show’s curator, Anthony Graham. Smith is everywhere and nowhere here; her variously mediated presence is rendered structural to the work and its staging, beginning with the first gallery’s spotlighting of Your Name

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