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Kimber Smith

American, 1922–1981

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Kimber Smith

American, 1922–1981

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Abstract Expressionist Kimber Smith painted subtle compositions of washy colors and shapes. Although perhaps better known for his friendships with Helen Frankenthaler and Joan Mitchell, Smith forged a distinct, intensely personal style, employing an original lexicon of forms and marks—circles and arcs, zigzags and angles. Although aligned with the aesthetic and techniques of Color Field painting and Abstract Expressionism, Smith’s preoccupation with symbols and structure was distinctive. “Structure interests me…it holds things together,” he said. “I am often called a colorist, which is maybe true, but I couldn’t care less about color.”

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Biography

Abstract Expressionist Kimber Smith painted subtle compositions of washy colors and shapes. Although perhaps better known for his friendships with Helen Frankenthaler and Joan Mitchell, Smith forged a distinct, intensely personal style, employing an original lexicon of forms and marks—circles and arcs, zigzags and angles. Although aligned with the aesthetic and techniques of Color Field painting and Abstract Expressionism, Smith’s preoccupation with symbols and structure was distinctive. “Structure interests me…it holds things together,” he said. “I am often called a colorist, which is maybe true, but I couldn’t care less about color.”

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