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Anicka Yi

Korean, b. 1971

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Anicka Yi

Korean, b. 1971

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Employing materials such as soaps, potato chips, milk, and hair gel, Anicka Yi creates tactile and fragrant sculptures, paintings, and installations that play on the paradox between the enduring, timelessness of art, and ideas of impermanence. Her soap paintings act as a statement on the cosmetics and body-related industries, while their scents disrupt expectations of experiential art. By combining ingredients, she draws on associations and memories, such as that of a freshly scrubbed kitchen in Auras, Orgasms, and Nervous Peaches (2011), in which fragrant olive oils leak from the walls of a tiled room. “I'm interested in connections between materials and materialism, states of perishability and their relationship to meaning and value, consumerist digestion and cultural metabolism,” she says.

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Guggenheim Museum, and 1 more
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Guggenheim Museum, and 4 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
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Artforum, and 5 more
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Whitney Biennial, and 3 more
Biography

Employing materials such as soaps, potato chips, milk, and hair gel, Anicka Yi creates tactile and fragrant sculptures, paintings, and installations that play on the paradox between the enduring, timelessness of art, and ideas of impermanence. Her soap paintings act as a statement on the cosmetics and body-related industries, while their scents disrupt expectations of experiential art. By combining ingredients, she draws on associations and memories, such as that of a freshly scrubbed kitchen in Auras, Orgasms, and Nervous Peaches (2011), in which fragrant olive oils leak from the walls of a tiled room. “I'm interested in connections between materials and materialism, states of perishability and their relationship to meaning and value, consumerist digestion and cultural metabolism,” she says.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Guggenheim Museum, and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
Guggenheim Museum, and 4 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 5 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial, and 3 more
Shows Featuring Anicka Yi
Articles Featuring Anicka Yi
Anicka Yi’s Latest Work Is a Line of Feminist, Futuristic Perfumes
Oct 28th, 2019
Anicka Yi’s Latest Work Is a Line of Feminist, Futuristic Perfumes
9 Artists Who Made Contributions to Science—from Leonardo da Vinci to Samuel Morse
Feb 20th, 2018
9 Artists Who Made Contributions to Science—from Leonardo da Vinci to Samuel Morse
The Art World’s Strangest New Trend—Fermentation
Jan 3rd, 2018
The Art World’s Strangest New Trend—Fermentation
At Anicka Yi’s New Guggenheim Show, the Art Smells (and Crawls)
Apr 20th, 2017
At Anicka Yi’s New Guggenheim Show, the Art Smells (and Crawls)
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