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Emily Mae Smith’s beguiling figuration blends elements of Surrealism, Symbolism, and Pop art with a distinctly feminist aesthetic. The artist’s humorous, confrontational paintings and works on paper often feature an anthropomorphic broom character who references both the bewitched broomsticks from the Disney film Fantasia and gendered domestic work at large. Smith received her MFA from Columbia University and has exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Berlin, Brussels, and beyond. Her work belongs to multiple public collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut, among others. Her paintings have sold for seven-figure prices on the secondary market. As she riffs on art history and develops her own distinctive visual language, Smith inserts a sense of feminine interiority into old, traditionally masculine painting styles.

Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2021
Works on PaperPetzel Gallery
2020
A Love Letter to a NightmarePetzel Gallery
myselves: Curated by Joshua FriedmanKohn Gallery
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The Knot, 2020

Oil on linen
30 × 23 in
76.2 × 58.4 cm
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Sold
Location
Los Angeles
Medium

Emily Mae Smith’s beguiling figuration blends elements of Surrealism, Symbolism, and Pop art with a distinctly feminist aesthetic. The artist’s humorous, confrontational paintings and works on paper often feature an anthropomorphic broom character who references both the bewitched broomsticks from the Disney film Fantasia and gendered domestic work at large. Smith received her MFA from Columbia University and has exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Berlin, Brussels, and beyond. Her work belongs to multiple public collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut, among others. Her paintings have sold for seven-figure prices on the secondary market. As she riffs on art history and develops her own distinctive visual language, Smith inserts a sense of feminine interiority into old, traditionally masculine painting styles.

Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works from myselves: Curated by Joshua Friedman
Other works from Kohn Gallery
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