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Emily Mae Smith’s first solo exhibition will be held at Perrotin Tokyo.

Emily Mae Smith’s first solo exhibition will be held not only at PERROTIN Gallery but also in Asia.


Installation view of “Avalon” (2019) by Emily Mae Smith
Courtesy of the artist and Perrotin


New York based Emily Mae Smith’s first solo exhibition will be held at Perrotin Gallery. “Avalon” (2019) will be her first solo exhibition at Perrotin Gallery, and also her first in Asia. In this solo exhibition at Perrotin Gallery, Emily Mae Smith tells her own story in her paintings.


Her work shows a well-developed process of self-discovery and conceptualization, as well as an established technical skill as an artist. Her work incorporates a variety of motifs and often draws from Western art history and popular culture, including Symbolism, Art Nouveau graphics, and Disney animation. Throughout her career as an artist, she has found that much of the art scene was created by and designed for men. In her work, she repurposes these motifs in a sharp and ironic way, pointing out the prevalence of sexism and male power structures in art and in everyday life. However, as a competent artist, she does not use the motifs as they are, but handles them with skill. The motifs and the way they are expressed in her works are metaphorical.


Installation view of “Avalon” (2019) by Emily Mae Smith
Courtesy of the artist and Perrotin


Installation view of “Avalon” (2019) by Emily Mae Smith
Courtesy of the artist and Perrotin


In her work, she creates close-ups of body parts such as the mouth and tongue, which eventually emerge as dreams. The broomstick in her work is like a surreal fantasy, yet somehow familiar. As many of you may know, an old Disney animated film from 1940, ” Fantasia,” features a broom that appears to be alive. In “The Sweeper and I,” the broom appears partially in the frame, but only the top half of the broom is in the frame, which brings up the image of male genitalia. At the same time, the broom can also symbolize a woman’s work, housework, and tools such as a painter’s brush, which opens up a wide range of meanings.


Installation view of “Avalon” (2019) by Emily Mae Smith
Courtesy of the artist and Perrotin


From “Gleaner Odalisque”, we may recognize the famous work of art history by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, “Grande Odalisque “, which looks completely new to us, but is familiar to us.


Visually, her work gives us a graphic feeling. posters, and as works of art, they remind us of vanitas, landscapes, and surrealist paintings. contains many motifs and crosses genres. Something that feels instantaneous, unfamiliar or familiar, a historical reference, or a statement as a contemporary art piece. There is a lot of space left for interpretation of Emily’s work. Ultimately, her work, which uses a variety of motifs to reveal symbolic meanings, is built around a theme. from art history and the cultural scene to contemporary art.


Born in 1979, Emily Mae Smith currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and has had solo exhibitions at the Consortium Museum (Dijon, France) and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum (Hartford, CT).


This will be her first solo exhibition in Tokyo, Japan, Perrotin and is a must-see if you are in Tokyo from August 28 th to November 9, 2019.


Emily Mae Smith “Avalon”


  • Date and Time: Wednesday, August 28, 2019 to Saturday, November 9, 2019
  • Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Closed on Sundays, Mondays and national holidays. Free admission.



Article written by: Jeongeun Jo
Born in Korea, lives in Japan. One of the members of TRiCERA, she graduated from the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts. She is also an artist in her own right.

私たちART CLIPは、世界中の最新のアートニュースを取り上げ、アーティストやコレクターの人々の活動にとってより有益な情報を発信していきます。

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