ATLANTA, GA.- The High Museum
of Art has recently acquired a significant collection of 56 prints by artist Kiki Smith from collector Stephen Dull. The acquisition was made through a partial gift from Dull and partial purchase through the Museums acquisition fund. This group of prints makes the High a major national repository for Smiths graphic work. Kiki Smith: Rituals, an exhibition showcasing the new acquisitions, will be on view in the works on paper galleries at the High from October 8, 2011, through January 22, 2012.
Kiki Smith is a great artist-printmaker, and this important collection of her work will be one of the foundation stones of the Highs growing print collection. We are delighted to make such a significant acquisition that catapults us to the forefront of museums that collect her work, stated Michael E. Shapiro, the Highs Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr. Director. I would like to thank Stephen Dull for making it possible for us to share this treasure trove of art works with the people of Atlanta and the Southeast.
The collection, which includes works made between 1991 and 2004, features many of the artists best-known prints and represents all aspects of the extraordinary range of techniques and imagery in her graphic work. Highlights include the monumentally scaled color lithograph Born, 2002 (68⅛ x 56⅛ inches), and the mixed-technique print My Blue Lake, 1995 (43 11/16 x 54¾ inches), which combines Photogravure, à la poupée inking and lithograph. This collection will join Smiths important installation Mother, acquired by the High 1993.
I am absolutely thrilled that the High Museum is acquiring so many prints from the Stephen Dull Collection, commented Kiki Smith. Printmaking is a fundamental part of my practice and the experience of making prints and working with printmakers has been one of the joys of my adult life.
My ultimate goal in collecting art is to place it in an institution that will cherish it, share it and preserve it for future generations, said Stephen Dull. Since I lived in Atlanta, I have a soft spot for the High Museum. Having watched its amazing and creative growth from afar, I am especially excited to be able to contribute to the Highs continued realization of its special vision and mission.