Kiki Smith: A Gathering, 1980–2005
Kiki Smith: A Gathering, 1980–2005
Kiki Smith: A Gathering, 1980–2005
Kiki Smith: A Gathering, 1980–2005
Kiki Smith: A Gathering, 1980–2005
Kiki Smith: A Gathering, 1980–2005
Kiki Smith: A Gathering, 1980–2005

Kiki Smith: A Gathering, 1980–2005

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2005

Description

This book documents the artist Kiki Smith’s first major career survey. Her work frequently references the human body, which is echoed directly on the cover with a self-portrait made using the artist’s hair, and on the endpapers with thermographic replicas of the artist’s arm tattoos. Indirectly, the book is conceived as an object with its own material body, reflected in the edge painting that enhances its objectlike status, and the soft tonality of the paper that communicates the warmth and fleshiness of the work. The mix of classical and modern typography mirrors the artist’s interest in the historical and contemporary aspects of religion and science.

Juror Notes

The essays shine, allowing photos, captions and text to mingle in an ordered progression. Black-stained trim edges enhance the entire book, and especially in the color-plate section they give a sense of page boundaries. Plates are well paced and have richness on the creamy text stock.

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2005
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book

Credits

Design firm
Walker Art Center
Art director
Andrew Blauvelt
Designer
Emmet Byrne
Production director
Lisa Middag
Author
Siri Engberg
Editor
Michelle Piranio
Trim size
8.25 x 10.5 inches
Pages
312
Quantity printed
12,000
Typefaces
Dutch, Gothic
Printers
Editoriale Bortolazzi-Stei (Verona, Italy)
Paper
Cartiere del Garda, Gardapat 115 gsm, Vol. 1.3
Binding method
Smyth sewn, hardcover with paper-wrapped, 3 mm board case with book block closely trimmed
Publisher
Walker Art Center
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