Ellen de Bruijne Projects presents the Michael Smith Book "Drawings: Simple, Obscure and Obtuse" 2006.
This book chronicles a lifetime of drawings by Smith and gives a keyhole view into his production and process. It is a project overflowing with manic energy and stream-of-consciousness connections including sketches, notations, diagrams, storyboards, and even childhood drawings. Most of the material has been culled from private notebooks and other sources that have never before been exhibited or published.
A selection of drawings starting as early as 1981 will accompany the book launch.
From the press release of the Blanton Museum of Art, USA: "Mike's World", Sept. 11 - Dec 30 - 2007:
"The May 2004 issue of Art forum featured a rambling and witty conversation between two mutually admiring NY artists whose contributions to their respective fields are just shy of legendary among their peers: Dan Graham and Michael Smith. For Smith, the feature brought renewed attention to a unique and influential career. Like the redoubtable Graham, Smith operates across artistic boundaries. In more than 30 years of live performances, video works, commercial and cable television skits, puppet shows, exhibition installations, artist-initiated publications, and sketch-like drawings, he has anticipated the artworld's sometimes uneasy merge with pop culture, mass entertainment, and, especially, televisual communications. Smith's is an impressive exhibition and performance history that begins in the late 1970s, with venues as varied as Franklin Furnace, The Kitchen, Caroline's Comedy Club, Leo Castelli Gallery, Cinemax, PBS, Henson International Festival of Puppet Theater, the Whitney, the Corcoran, the New Museum, the Pompidou Center, and ranges in recent years to sites in São Paolo, Copenhagen, Milan, London, and Berlin, among others. A quintessential art world insider, Michael Smith and his works have been widely seen but, perhaps by virtue of the works' time-based nature, rarely deeply considered. Mike's World: Michael Smith & Joshua White (and other collaborators) is Smith's first museum-organized mid-career survey exhibition; it features installations at full scale and in fragments, videos, drawings, notebooks, storyboards, photographs, artists' books and performance ephemera, all set within a unique, artist-designed immersive environment that supports and extends the other works."
Michael Smith was recently selected for the 2008 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. (march 2008)
"Mike's World" travels to: ICA Philadelphia April 24 - August 3, 2008
Catalogue Mike's World available at gallery Ellen de Bruijne Projects ($ 30.- / € 21,-) Michael Smith, Drawings: Simple, Obscure and Obtuse, 2006 at the gallery ($ 35.- / € 23,-).
Opening Saturday 19 January, 17.00 - 19.00
Exhibition: 19 January - 23 February
Opening hours: Tuesday - Saturday 13.00 - 18.00 1st Sunday of the month 14.00 - 17.00
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