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Alexis Smith

American, b. 1949

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Alexis Smith

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American, b. 1949

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Alexis Smith pioneered an approach to assemblage that combined objects scavenged at swap meets and thrift stores with movie posters, maps, other ephemera, and quotes from writers such as Raymond Chandler, Walt Whitman, and Jack Kerouac. Born and raised in Southern California, Smith considers herself a product of the entertainment industry, and at the age of 17 she changed her name from Patti-Anne to Alexis, to emulate the fading movie star of the same name. In her collages and installations, Smith creates alternative narratives around popular culture, and riffs off the nostalgia associated with the Hollywood of a bygone era and the mythological America. “I collect everywhere I go, and I like to work with everyday life forms as opposed to high-art forms,” Smith says. “Also, there is often an emotional poignancy to my work. It's uncynical. It's very of-the-world.”

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Biography

Alexis Smith pioneered an approach to assemblage that combined objects scavenged at swap meets and thrift stores with movie posters, maps, other ephemera, and quotes from writers such as Raymond Chandler, Walt Whitman, and Jack Kerouac. Born and raised in Southern California, Smith considers herself a product of the entertainment industry, and at the age of 17 she changed her name from Patti-Anne to Alexis, to emulate the fading movie star of the same name. In her collages and installations, Smith creates alternative narratives around popular culture, and riffs off the nostalgia associated with the Hollywood of a bygone era and the mythological America. “I collect everywhere I go, and I like to work with everyday life forms as opposed to high-art forms,” Smith says. “Also, there is often an emotional poignancy to my work. It's uncynical. It's very of-the-world.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
MoMA PS1, and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial, and 1 more