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Michael E. Smith

born in Detroit, 1977
lives and works in Providence, RI, USA






MFA Yale University School of Art, New Haven 


BFA College for Creative Studies, Detroit 


AICAD New York Studio Program, New York 


selected solo shows 


MoMA PS1, New York, USA

Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Field Station: Michael E. Smith, Eli and Edythe, Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, East Lansing


KOW, Berlin, Germany
S.M.A.K. Gent, Gent, Belgium
500 Capp Street, San Francisco, USA 


Pig, CAPRI, Dusseldorf, Germany
ZERO..., Milan, Italy
Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York
Lumber Room, Portland, USA 


Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover, Germany
De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Sculpture Center, New York, USA
Michael Benevento, Los Angeles, USA 


Lulu, Mexico City, Mexico
Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK
Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Ferndale, USA
La Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy
The Power Station, Dallas, USA Reserve Ames, Los Angeles, USA 


CAPC museé d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France
Clifton Benevento, New York, NY, USA
Ludwig Forum Aachen, Aachen, Germany
KOW, Berlin, Germany 


ZERO..., Milan, Italy
Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal

Michael Benevento, Los Angeles, USA 

Susanne Hilberry, Ferndale, USA 

Mönchehaus Museum, Goslar, Germany
Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, USA


KOW, Berlin, Germany
Clifton Benevento, New York, USA 


KOW ISSUE 3, KOW, Berlin, Germany
Susanne Hilberry Gallery (with Kate Levant), Ferndale, USA 


Ackerstrasse 18, Koch Oberhuber Wolff, Berlin, Germany
Jenny Jaskey Gallery, Philidelphia, USA
MFA Thesis, Green Gallery Yale School of Art, New Haven, USA 


Susanne Hilberry Gallery (with Kate Levant), Ferndale, USA 



group shows 


Fashion Drive. Extreme Mode in der Kunst, Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
Converter, Kunstmuseum St.Gallen, Switzerland

Capitalo, Chthulu, and a Much Hotter Compost Pile, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin


Lodgers, Haus Modräth – Räume für Kunst, Kerpen, Germany
All watched over by Machines of Loving Grace, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France 

Old work, Joseloff Gallery, West Hartford, USA
The absent faun, Fonderia Artistica Battaglia, Milan, Italy
Utopia/Dystopia, MAAT Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon
The Air Vibrates with the Buzz of Insects, Musée départemental d'art contemporain de Rochechouart, France 


Concrete Islands, Kayne Griffin Concoran, Los Angeles, USA
See sun, and think shadow, Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA 

Out of the Dark, KOW, Berlin, Germany
Shock Room, Brandenburgischer Kunstverein, Potsdam, Germany 


Walks and displacements, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, USA
The Pump, curated by Jennifer Teets, Royal College of Art Dyson Building, London, UK
Nature, Art and Ecology, Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Italy
Le Souffleur, Schürmann trifft Ludwig, Ludwig Forum Aachen, Aachen, Germany
A Walk, Tripoli Gallery of Contemporary Art, East Hampton, New York, USA
Multi-Channel: Currents in Contemporary Video Art, West Texas A&M University, Canyon, USA System of a Down, Ellis King, Dublin, Ireland
Être Chose, Treignac Projet, Treignac, France
Albert the kid is ghosting, David Roberts Art Foundation, London, UK
Anagramma, curated by CURA, Basement Roma, Rome, Italy
The Noing Uv It, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway 

The Unwinding, Cookie Butcher, Antwerp, Belgium
The Little Things Could Be Dearer, MoMA PS1, New York, USA
The Registry of Promise: The Registry of Moving Things, Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry – le Crédac, Ivry-sur-Seine, France
Merzen, LiveInYourHead, Geneva, Switzerland
Little Forest, TOR 13, Bremen, Germany
Surplus living group exhibition, KM Tempoaer, Berlin, Germany
humanonhumain, Foundation D’Entreprise Ricard, Paris, France
Technokinesis, Blum & Poe, New York, USA
Soft Material, Wallspace, New York, USA
Another Look at Detroit: Part 1 & Part 2, Marlborough Chelsea / Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, USA
Vom Dasein & Sosein. Skulptur, Objekt & Bühne, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany
Slip, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, USA
Merzen, LiveInYourHead, Geneva, Switzerland
Little Forest, TOR 13, Bremen, Germany
Surplus living group exhibition, KM Tempoaer, Berlin, Germany
Geographies of Contamination, David Roberts Art Fondation, London, UK

After Nature. Arbeiten aus der Dämmung Gaby und Wilhelm Schürmann, Collector’s House, Heerlen, The Netherlands
Painting from the Zabludowicz Collection: Painting in the 2.5th Dimension, Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK
Of Love, Pain, and Passioned Revolt (Then Farewell, My Beloved, ‘til It’s Freedom Day), Invited by Alice Conconi and Antonio Scoccimarro, ZERO..., Milan, Italy
Realization is Better than Anticipation, MOCA Cleveland, Cleveland, USA
Anonymous. Eine Ausstellung über den Gegenwert Brandenburgischer, Kunstverein Potsdam, Germany 


Believers, KOW, Berlin, Germany
Whitney Biennial 2012, Whitney Museum of American Art, Ne York, USA
A Disagreeable Object, Sculpture Center, New York, USA
Les Praires, Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Rennes, Rennes, France
Everyday Abstract – Abstract Everyday, James Cohan Gallery, New York, USA
Invitational exhibition of visual arts 2012, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA LE SILENCE Une fiction, Villa Paloma, NMNM, Principality of Monaco
Whitney Museum of American Art, Biennial 2012, New York, USA 


Real Simple/Selections from the Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, Riverview School, East Sandwich, USA
Heads with Tails, Harris Lieberman, New York, USA
The Moment Pleasantly Frightened, curated by Chris Sharp, Laura Bartlett Gallery, London, UK Segalega, ZERO..., Milan, Italy
Proposal for a Floor, curated by Alex Gartenfeld, 1500 Broadway, New York, USA 


The Island, Los Angeles Nomadic Division, Miami, USA
The Artist’s institute, New York, USA
The Art of the Artist’s Book, Oakland University Art Gallery, Rochester, USA
10 years of Contemporary Art at the Oakland University Art Gallery: Director’s selection, Rochester, USA
Rive Droit, Marc Joncou Contemporary, Rive Gouche, Paris, France
Everlasting Gobstopper, Michael Benevento Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
The Unreadymade, Form Content London, London, UK
Hybrid Fuels, Galerie der Stadt Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen, Germany 


The Living and the Dead, Gavin Brown Enterprise, New York, USA
Blood Drive, Zach Feuer Gallery, New York, USA
If the Dogs are Barking, Artists Space, New York, USA
All the Splendors of the Earth, Center Gaölery, Detroit, USA


view (fourteen): Hooking up, curated by Klaus Kertess, Mary Boone, New York, USA
Hooking Up, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, USA
Q, Showroom, Basel, Switzerland
If I Told You..., Oliver Kamm 5BE, New York, USA Sunshine,
Rental Gallery, New York, USA
ASPN, Showroom, Leipzig, Germany 


Agro Bongo, Rivington Arms, New York, USA
Perfect Lovers, BC Project Room, Brooklyn, USA
Sandy Landy, Showroom, Basel, Switzerland Darjeeling, Daniel Reich Gallery, New York, USA
Stuff, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, USA 


Attic, Anton Kern Gallery Annex, New York, USA
First Look, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, USA
Rich Rich Rich, Rich Rich Rich Project Space, Shelby Township, USA 


Video, Booster and Seven, Chicago, USA
Detroit Biennial: Actual Size, CAID, Detroit, USA
Here Comes the Sun, Commonwealth Gallery, Detroit, USA 





American Academy of Arts and Letters 


Kresge Artist Fellowship 


Kresge Arts in Detroit – Artist Fellowship, Detroit, USA 


College for Creative Studies Senior Select, Purchase Award, Detroit, USA 




monografie / cataloghi mostre personali


2016 – Michael E. Smith, The Power Station, Dallas, USA
2014 – Michael E. Smith, Zabludowicz Art Projects, London, UK
2013 – Michael E. Smith, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany


cataloghi mostre collettive


2015 – Anche le sculture muoiono. Sculptures Also Die, Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Cura.Books, Firenze, Italy
2014 – The Unwinding, Cookie Butcher, Antwerp, Belgium
2013 – Les Prairies, Biennale d’art contemporain de Rennes, Édition B42, Paris, France
2012 – Le Silence: Une Fiction, Mack, London, UK




Stephanie Snyder, “Michael E. Smith: Lumber Room”, Artforum, September 2016
William S. Smith, “Michael E. Smith at Andrew Kreps”, Art in America, April 2016
Ken Johnson, “Chelsea Galleries, Like a Box of Chocolates”, The New York Times, April 21st, 2016


Rachel Corbett, "Michael E. Smith: An Insider's Outsider”, Artnews, February 26th, 2015
Mostafa Heddaya, “Subterranean Homesick Blues: Michael E. Smith at Sculpture Center”, Blouin Artinfo, July 2015
Jenny Jaskey, “Michael E. Smith”, CURA Magazine, Fall 2015


Jonathan Griffin, "After the End", Frieze, October 27th, 2014
Nadja Rottner, ” Michael Smith, Susanne Hilberry Gallery” Artforum, September 2014
Will Heinrich, ”Technokinesis" at Blum & Poe,’ Gallerist NY, July 30th, 2014
Gabriel H. Sanchez, “Slip, Mitchell-Innes & Nash”. Artforum Critic’s Pick, July 22nd, 2014
Lucia Simek, “Michael E. Smith – The Power Station/Dallas”, Flash Art, May / June 2014, p120-121
Mark Rappolt, “Michael E. Smith – FutureGreats 2014, selected by Marc Rappolt,” ArtReview, March 19th, 2014
“Michael E. Smith at Clifton Benevento,” Modern Painters, March, p92
Claire Barliant, “Michael E. Smith”, Art in America, March
Mark Rappolt, "Michael E. Smith", Art Review, March
David A. Willis, “Over the Edge: Michael E. Smith at Clifton Benevento”, NY Arts Magazine online, January


Kerry Gaertner Gerbracht, “Headless Chicken in Empty Gallery: Michael E. Smith at Clifton Benevento,” Art in America online, December 12th, 2013
“Michael E. Smith, CAPC Bordeaux”, Mousse Magazine, Issue 41, December / January
Stephen Squibb, “Michael E. Smith, Clifton Benevento”, Art Agenda, December 6th, 2013
Andrew Russeth, “Fall Arts Preview: Top 10 Gallery Shows – Michael E. Smith at Clifton Benevento”, Gallerist NY, September 18th, 2013


Colby Chamberlain, “A Disagreeable Object”, Artforum, December, p278
Dominic Molon, “The (Re)Shape of Things”, Mousse Magazine, Issue 33, p. 211-216
Steven Squibb, “Whitney Biennial 2012”, Art Agenda, March 23rd, 2012
Alex Gartenfeld, “Michael E. Smith”, Art in America, March 12th, 2012
Jerry Saltz, “Leaving Babylon”, New York Magazine, March 1st, 2012
Sharon Mizota, “Michael E. Smith at Michael Benevento, Los Angeles”, Art Papers, January / February


Jonathan Griffin, “Michael E. Smith, Michael Benevento, Los Angeles”, Flash Art, October, p109
Lynn Crawford, “ArtSeen – Michael E. Smith”, The Brooklyn Rail, May
Chris Sharp, “Michael E. Smith, Susanne Hilberry Gallery”, Art Agenda, June 28th, 2011
Chris Sharp, “A complete rest”, Kaleidoscope, Issue 10, spring 2011, p42-49
Simone Menegoi, “Michael E. Smith, Moenchehaus Museum Goslar”, Artforum (online), April


Randy Kennedy, “Once on This Island. A D.I.Y. Art Show”, The New York Times, December 5th, 2010
Andrew Russeth, “After a ‘Blood Drive’, Michael E. Smith Returns to New York”, 16 miles of string (online), September 16th, 2010
Catherine Wagley, “Liberated Women”, Daily Serving: An International Forum For The Contemporary Visual Arts, August 20th, 2010
Sharon Mizota, “A Dark Romp Through Desire”, The Los Angeles Times, August 13th, 2010


“The Artist and The Art”, Detroit Free Press, June 14th, 2009
Kow-issues project #3, Koch Oberhuber Wolff
“DEF, drafts establishing future”, ABC Art Berlin Contemporary
Blood Drive, KED #04, Kasen Editions, Zach Feuer Gallery


Lynn Crawford, “Take Shelter”, Detroit Metro Times, July 11th, 2007
Jonathan Bardelline, “No explanation, just experience at exhibit”, Observer-Eccentric, July


Eve Doster, “Night and Day: Kate Levant”, Detroit Metro Times, June 10th, 2006

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