Shinique Smith

'Indelible Marks'

The artist Shinique Smith
Photo credit all images: Tom Powel Imaging

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Shinique Smith
'Sometimes I wonder', 2016
Acrylic, ink, fabric, collage, ribbon and objects on canvas over wood panel

'Inflamed in Golden hues of Love', 2019
Fabric, clothing, ribbon, rope, poly fiber and wood

'To the sounds of Twilight's chant', 2019
Acrylic, ink, fabric, and collage on canvas

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Shinique Smith
'Inflamed in Golden hues of Love', 2019
Fabric, clothing, ribbon, rope, poly fiber and wood

'Codex', 2019
Acrylic, ink, fabric, collage, string, rope, ribbon and plastic lid on wood panel

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Shinique Smith 
'Blue gathering', 2009
Ink on paper

'Study for Bale', 2009
Graphite on paper

'My name faintly', 2004
Ink on paper

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Shinique Smith 
'Bale Variant Sketch (pink)', 2005
Ink, acrylic and crayon drawing on paper

'Mitumba Diety study', 2005
Ink on paper

'New Directions (study LA)', 2019
Ink, acrylic, pencil, fabric and collage on paper

'Book Pages 9-12', 2018 
Ink and collage on paper

Julie Mehretu 
'Untitled (7)', 2014
Ink on paper
UBS Art Collection © Julie Mehretu, Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery

Cecily Brown 
'Untitled', 2012
Watercolor and gouache on paper
UBS Art Collection; Courtesy the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery

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Shinique Smith 
'Bale Variant No.0025 (Good & Plenty)', 2019
Clothing, fabric, ink, red wine and fabric dye, ribbon and wood
UBS Art Collection

'Abiding Light', 2015
'Magnetic Beam', 2015
'Beautiful Dreamer', 2015
Archival inkjet prints
UBS Art Collection

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Shinique Smith
And there you are, a shooting star, 2018
Ink, acrylic, ribbon, fabric and collage on canvas
UBS Art Collection

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View from 51st Street

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Shinique Smith
'Purple Pansy', 2008
Screenprint, archival inkjet and collage with paper
UBS Art Collection

'Red Rose', 2008
Screenprint, archival inkjet and collage with paper and fabric
UBS Art Collection

'Double Dahlia', 2008
Screenprint, archival inkjet and collage with paper, fabric and unique beer can
UBS Art Collection

‘Bale Variant No.0025 (Good & Plenty)’, 2019
Clothing, fabric, ink, red wine and fabric dye, ribbon and wood
UBS Art Collection

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Shinique Smith 
'Prophecy', 2019
Acrylic, ink, fabric, collage and Turkish eye on canvas

'Bale Variant No.0021 (Christmas)', 2019
Clothing, fabric, found objects, Christmas gifts, wrapping paper and ribbon

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Shinique Smith
'And, secretly Night danced with her', 2019
Acrylic, ink, fabric, string and shopping bag on canvas

'Bale Variant No.0021 (Christmas)', 2019
Clothing, fabric, found objects, Christmas gifts, wrapping paper and ribbon

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View from 51st Street

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'Indelible Marks' features a selection of artwork by acclaimed painter and sculptor Shinique Smith who is represented in the UBS Art Collection. Smith is known for her striking creations of fabric, calligraphy and collage. Inspired by the vast nature of the things that we as a culture create, consume and discard, her works resonate on personal and social scales.

The two- and three-dimensional works on display suggest coded messages inscribed with cloth and calligraphy. Each work comprises flashes of memory and emotion, paralleled with the history, beauty and possibilities that are bound within fabric and writing. Totemic sculptures of hand-bound belongings and textiles serve as monumental containers that both memorialize and transform these often neglected materials and the potential magic that resides in them.

To accompany her own compositions on paper, Smith has selected drawings by other artists from the UBS Art Collection that emphasize line and gesture.

Smith was born in Baltimore and currently resides in Los Angeles. Her work has been featured in exhibitions and collections of prestigious institutions such as Brooklyn Museum, California African American Museum, Frist Center, LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Whitney Museum of American Art and Studio Museum in Harlem, among others.

January 27 – May 31, 2020
UBS Art Gallery at 1285 Avenue of the Americas