Lot 541
  • 541

Kiki Smith

250,000 - 350,000 USD
254,500 USD
bidding is closed


  • Kiki Smith
  • Mary Magdalene
  • incised with the artist's signature, date 1994 and number 3/3
  • cast silicon bronze and forged steel


Pace Wildenstein, New York
The Ors-Doron Sebbag Collection, Tel Aviv
Christie's, New York, November 16, 1999, Lot 7
Acquired by the present owner from the above sale


London, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Kiki Smith, February - April 1995, pp. 4, 8, illustrated in color (another example exhibited)
Lübeck, St. Petri-Kuratorium, Kiki Smith: Werke 1988-1995, January - February 1996, pl. 19, illustrated in color (another example exhibited)
Wasau, Margaret Woodson Fisher Sculpture Gallery at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Contemporary Sculpture: The Figurative Tradition, June 1997 - May 1998, n.p., illustrated (another example exhibited)
Hannover, Kestner Gesellschaft, Kiki Smith: All Creatures Great and Small, September - November 1998, p. 78, no. 5, illustrated in color (another example exhibited)
Minneapolis, Walker Art Center; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Houston, Contemporary Arts Museum; New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Kiki Smith: A Gathering, 1980 - 2005, February 2006 - February 2007, p. 177, illustrated in color


Chuck Close, "Kiki Smith," Bomb Magazine, no. 49, Fall 1994, illustrated (wax phase of casting process)
Helaine Posner and David Frankel, Kiki Smith, Boston, 1998, p. 135, illustrated in color
Mercedes Vicente, "Un mundo natural," Lapiz, February 1998, illustrated
Exh. Cat., Gateshead, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Other Worlds: The Art of Nancy Spero and Kiki Smith, 2003, p. 67, illustrated in color

Catalogue Note

Well, I was working in Munich doing glass in the early 1990's, when all over the city there are all these Riemenschneiders—sculptures of Mary Magdalene portrayed as a hairy person. So I made her with a chain on her feet, like a bear breaking out of the circus. It's partly influenced by things that already exist in early Renaissance sculptures
- Kiki Smith