'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