Presentation

Born in 1955 in New Jersey, Seton Smith is an established artist, she comes from a world-renowned family of artists. Daughter of the sculptor Tony Smith and sister of Kiki Smith, she decided to focus her own work on photography. She uses everyday-life objects that she represents with distinctive colors, from the Cibachrome printing. Her work is most of the time difficult to decipher and is open to a wide range of interpretations, because it is inspired by the individual memory of every spectator.
Her works are exhibited in the biggest collections in the world, such as Centre Pompidou, Modern Art Museum of Paris, Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, Los Angeles County Museum, Israelian Museum in Jerusalem.

She lives and works between Paris and New York


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Solo exhibitions

2022
Ohio, Galerie Anne-Sarah Bénichou, Paris, France

2017
Guest House
, Galerie Anne-Sarah Bénichou, Paris, France
Light & Breath, Inna Art Space, Hangzhou, China

2016
A Sense of
Place, A Hometown Tribute Exhibition, Seton Hall University, New Jersey, United States

2015
Second Mark, Galerie Sisso, Paris, France

2013
Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Detroit, MI, United States

2011
Winston Wachter Gallery, New York, United States

2009
Tree stairs, Gaain Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

2008
Winston Wächter Fine Art, New York, United States
Timothy Eaton, Palm Beach, United States

2007
Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle, United States

2006
Seton Smith, Gaain Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

2003
Winston Wachter Fine Art, New York, United States

2001
Galerie Cent8, Paris, France
Winston Wachter Fine Art, New York, United States

1998
Whitney Museum, New York, United States
John Weber Gallery, New York, United States

1997
Grand Arts, Kansas City, United States
Gilbert Brownstone, Paris, France

1996
John Weber Gallery, New York, United States
Ffotogallery, Cardiff, United-Kingdom

1995
Le Capitou, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Fréjus, France
Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, United States
Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, United States
In Situ, Biennale d’Art Contemporain, Enghien Les Bains, France

1994
Musée des Beaux Arts, Nantes, France
Centre International D'Art et de Sculpture, Crestet, France
CRG Art Inc., New York, United States
Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, United States
Gilbert Brownstone, Paris, France

1993
Galerie du Dourven, O.D.D.C.-FRAC Bretagne, Rennes, France
Galerie Urbi et Orbi, Paris, France

1991
Tom Cugliani Gallery, New York, United States
Galerie Urbi et Orbi, Paris, France
Galerie Jules Kewenig, Frechen- Bachem, Germany

1990
Galerie Urbi et Orbi, Paris, France

1989
Tom Cugliani Gallery, New York, United States

1988
Galerie Jules Kewenig, Frenchen-Brachem, Germany
Tom Cugliani Gallery, New York, United States

Installations

2006
« Troisième Escalier », Domaine de Villarceaux, curator : Catherine Grout, France

1998
« Winter Trees, Wales », Whitney Museum front window, curator : Adam Weinberg, New York, United States

1997
« Blue Stairs », Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France

1995
« Deux Aspects », Théâtre/Casino d’Enghien Les Bains, curator : Catherine Grout, Enghien Les Bains, France
« Art Grandeur Nature », Le Parc de La Courneuve, France
« Sur la Route », Gare du Besancon & Belfort et Centre d’Art Mobile, curator : J. Sans & Centre d’Art Mobile, France
« A Vista to Another Labyrinth Folds Back on World », Opéra Comique, Paris, France
« Photo Steps, Centre International d’Art et de Sculpture », Crestet, France

1992
« Parking Burette », Champagne Parc Auto, Reims, France
« Northern Adventures », Station St. Pancras Station et Camden Arts Center, curator : Kay Roberts, Londres, United-Kingdom

1991
« Escales », site temporaire, curator : Jérôme Sans, Bretagne, France

1990
« Parcours Privé », curator : Jonas Storsve, Paris, France

Group exhibitions (selection)

2021
2021 = 5
, exposition anniversaire des cinq ans de la galerie, Galerie Anne-Sarah Bénichou, Paris, France

2020
On n’y voit rien
, Galerie Anne-Sarah Bénichou, Paris, France

2019
Présence, Galerie Anne-Sarah Bénichou, Paris, France
Les Enfants de Saturne
, Musée d’art contemporain de la Haute Vienne – Château de Rochechouart, France

2017
Parallel Times, Inna Art Space, Hangzhou, China

2016-2017
Lumières, Galerie de Rohan- Frac Bretagne & Galerie de Rohan, Place Saint Thomas, Landernau, France

2016
Correspondences, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, United States

2015
The Invention of the Landscape, La Voyageur, Mamco, Derdagny, Switzerland

2014
No City Is an Island, The Lodge Gallery, non-curated : Keith Schweitzer &
Jason Patrick Voegele, New York, United States

2013
Kiki Smith, Seton Smith, Tony Smith, les Abattoirs - FRAC Midi-Pyrénées, Festival International de Toulouse, France
Kiki Smith, Seton Smith, Tony Smith, Kunstmuseum, Vaduz, Liechtenstein

2012
Kiki Smith, Seton Smith, Tony Smith, Kunsthalle de Bielefeld,  Germany
De Belles sculptures contemporaines, Frac Corse, Hab Gallery, Nantes, France
En suspension?, curator : Marc Camille, Frac Carquefou, France
Des images comme des oiseaux, Centre national des arts plastiques (CNAP), Paris, France
Des images comme des oiseaux, Friche de la Belle de Mai, Marseille, France

2010
Lhoist Collection, curator : Chantal Pontbriand, Brussels, Belgium

2009
Elles@centrepompidou/Femmes, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

2008
Transparences, Galerie L’Imagerie, Lannion, France
La Grande Traversée, Horizons photographiques, Œuvres du Centre National des Arts Plastiques (Fonds National d'Art Contemporain), Puteaux, France
Contemporaine, Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, Canada

2007
Pompidou 30 Years, Centre Pompidou, Paris
International Incheon Women Artists Biennale, Incheon, South Korea
Expose, Les Rencontres d'Arles, Fondation HSBC, Arles, France
French Kiss, JGM Gallery, curator : Rob Wynne, Paris, France
Images du Monde, FRAC Bretagne, espace Victor Hugo, Ploufragan, France

2006
Sliding Scales, Winston Wachter, New York, United States

2005
Family Affairs-Brothers and Sisters in Art, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany, Brussels, Belgium
Nouvelles Vagues, Shangai Museum of Fine Arts, Guangdong Museum, Beijing, China

2004
La Collection Continue, Frac Corse, Centre Culturel Una Volta, Bastia, France
Body Project, Winston Wächter Fine Art, New York, United States
Dreamweavers, Yancey Richardson, New York, United States
Douce France, Visions de la France à travers la Collection de la Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, Caixa General de Depósitos cultural centre, Lisbon, Portugal

2003
Epreuve de Distance, Université du Canada (L’UQAM), Québec, Canada
Mirror Tenses: Conflating Time & Presence, Massachusetts university, curator : Regina Coppola, Amherst, United States
Pour de Vrai ?, Image au Centre, curator : Aline Pujo, Château de Tour, France
De ce côté du ciel, Unesco Salutes Women in Art, Paris, France
Récentes Acquisitions pour la FRAC Bretagne, Domaine de Kerguehennec, France

2002
Smiths : Tony, Kiki, Seton, curator : Gilbert Brownstone, Palm Beach ICA, Lake Worth, United States
A Travers le Paysage, FRAC Limousin, Brive-la-Gaillarde, France
The Blurred Image 19th-21st Century Photography, Winston Wächter Fine Art, New York, United States
Horses, Winston Wächter Fine Art, New York, United States

2001
Œuvres d’Arbres, Musée des Beaux Arts de Pau, France, Huesca, Spain

2000
Project 2000, Museum of Contemporary photograph, Chicago, United States
Fast: Five Years at Grand Art, Kansas City, United States
Photogravure Editions, Marlborough Graphics, New York, United States
A Changing Summer, Senior & Shopmaker, New York, United States

1999
View from the Edge of the World, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, United States
Changement d'Air, Musée d'Art Moderne, Lille Métropole, France
Milomir Kovacevic & Seton Smith, Fondation CCF pour la Photographie, Paris, France
La Criée, Rennes, Galerie de l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Nantes & Centre Photographique de Normandie, Rouen, France

1998
Group, curator : Patrick de Brock, Knokke, Belgium
La Pluralité des Monde, Kerguehennec, France
En Souvenir de Gilles Dusein, Mamco, Geneva, Switzerland
Le Donné, Le Fictif, Centre National de la Photo, Paris, France
New Photography from France, Centre National de la Photo, Paris, France
Jardin d'Artiste: de mémoire d'arbre, Musée Zadkine, Paris, France
Double Vue, Galerie Aline Vidal, Paris, France
Still Life, Marlborough Graphics, New York, United States
Collection Contemporaines, Musée d'Art Moderne, Villeneuve D'Ascq, France

1997
Photographier, regarder le monde, FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France
Land Marks, John Weber Gallery, New York, United States
General consensus, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, United States
Le Temps de la marquise, La Criée, Musée des Beaux Arts, Rennes, France
Matters of a Fine Wall, Mass College of Art, Boston, United States
La Collection, récentes acquisitions, FRAC Limousin, Limoges, France
L'Oeil Altere, FRAC Bretagne, Rennes, France
Jamais trop d'images, FRAC Pays de la Loire, St. Jean de Monts, France

1996
Painting into Photography..., Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, United States
Jocaste en Arcadie, Château de Grignan & Château des Adhémar, Montélimar, France
Photowork/Artwork, John Weber Gallery, New York, United States
Le Printemps de Cahors, Cahors, France
L'évidence, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland
Billeder Pa Billeder ; Printemps, Portalen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Ouverture, Château de Bionnay, Lacenas, France
Lush, curator : Anastasia Auckeman, Christine Rose Gallery, New York, United States

1995
Human/Nature, New Museum, New York, United States
Vues Intérieures, FRAC Bretagne, Rennes, France
Du Paysage Incertain, Fragments, Centre Vassiviére en Limousin, France
Trois Lieux Pour Trois Ages, Enghien-Les-Bains, France
Morceaux Choisis, Le Magasin, Centre National d'Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France

1994
Group Show, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, United States
Sense of Place, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Oregon, United States
Inspired by Nature, Neuberger Museum, New York, United States
Licht/Light, New York, United States
Group show, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, United States

1993
Hunter College, curator : Andrea Blum, New York, United States
Body Count, curator : Jan Avgikos, White Columns, New York, United States
De la Main à la Tête, l’Objet Théorique », Kerguehennec, France
Restaurant, organisée par Marc Jancou, Paris, France
The Return of the Cadavre Exquis, Drawing Center, New York, United States

1992
Vers une Attitude Photographique, Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, Paris, France
Group Show, Galerie Urbi et Orbi, Paris, France

1991
L'Invention du Paysage, FRAC Corse, Bastia, France

1989
VII Biennale Internationale de Sculpture, Skironio Museum, Kifisia, Greece
Group Show, Tom Cugliani Gallery, New York, United States

1988
Atelier '88, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France
Pyramiden, curator : Jules Kewenig, ICC Berlin,  Germany
Jeune Sculpture '88, Paris, France

1986
Saulen, Galerie Jules Kewenig, Frenchen-Bachem,  Germany

1985
Group Show, Art Palace, New York, United States

1984
Paravents, co-curator: Paul Andriesse, Château de Loersfled, Kerpen,  Germany
Island of Negative Utopia, The Kitchen Gallery, New York, United States
Nicaragua Benefit, Danceteria, New York, United States

1982
Collaborative Projects, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, United States
A Moore Store, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, United States

1981
Artists Space, curator : Walter Robinson, New York, United States
The positive Show, Island & Oasis Show, ABC N Rio, New York, United States

1980
The Times Square Show, New York, United States

1979
Photographers, Museum of Art and Science, Morristown, New Jersey, United States

Conferences

2012
« Les Amis du Jeu de Paume », Paris, France

2006
« Talk », Hongik University, Seoul, South Korea

2005
« Journée Patrimoine & Création Contemporaine », Centre des Arts, Enghien-les-Bains, France

2002
« The Smiths », Palm Beach Hilton, exposition ICA, Lake Worth, Florida, United States
« Breakfast with the Arts », interview TV with Kiki Smith by Michael Kimmelman
« Questions de Rencontre », with Moshe Ninio, École des Beaux Arts de Nîmes, France

1999
« Pale Guide... », Conversation with Adam Weinberg

1993
« Echelles du Paysage », École des Beaux Arts, Musée de Rennes, France

1992
« Nature et Artifice », Université Européenne d'Été, Carré des Sciences, Association Descartes-Science Technique Société, Paris
« Sites et Paysage », Parc naturel régional de la montagne de Reims, France

Bibliography

2020
La photographie, essai pour un art indisciplinable, Michelle Debat, Presse Universitaire de Vincennes - Esthétiques hors cadres

2016
Les inventions photographiques du paysage, directed by Pierre-henry Frangne and Patricia Limido, Presses universitaires de Rennes, France
Kiki & Seton Smith, A Sense of Place, A Hometown Tribute Exhibition, New- Jersey, United States

2012
Kiki Smith, Seton Smith, Tony Smith, Bielefeld Kunsthalle, Germany
Seton Smith. Artiste (Critical Dictionary of Contemporary Art)

2011
Division Review, Journal Psychoanalytique, [series of photos]

2010
Seton Smith, texts by John Welchman, Doris von Drathen, Claudia Steinberg, Penelope Rowlands, Patrick de Brock

2008
Seton Smith, texts by Susanna Moore, catalogue Timothy Eaton, West Palm Beach, Florida, United States

2007
Collection Art Contemporain, texts by Jonah Storsve, Centre Pompidou, Paris
Seton Smith, text by Elizabeth A. Brown & interview by Lilly Wei, catalogue Winston Wachter, Seattle, United States
International Incheon Women Artists’, Biennial, Incheon, South Korea

2006
Seton Smith, text by Hyeyoung Shin, Gaain Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

2005
Kunstlerbruder, Leon Krempel, Michael Imhof Verlag, Petersburg-D

2004
GROUT Catherine, L’émotion du Paysage, Essais la Lettre collection, Brussels, Belgium
Flag Project, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, United States

2003
Subjective Realities, work from the Refco Collection of Contemporary Photography, text by Linda Yablonsky, pg 222, GZD editions,  Germany

2002
Smiths, catalogue ICA Palm Beach, Gilbert Brownstone, Michael Rush, David Pagel, BRUNO Giuliana, Atlas of Emotion; Journey in Art, Architecture, and Film, Verso

2001
City People, Portfolio, text by Lydia Davis, published by Coromandel, Paris

2000
Editions, published by Eyestorm, London, United-Kingdom, [printed series]

1994
GROUT Catherine, A vista to another labyrinth folds back on world, Opéra Comique, Paris

1998
VON DRATHEN Doris & YAU John, Without Warning, Actes Sud, Foundation CCF : Photo, Arles, France

Public collections

Musée d’art contemporain de la Haute Vienne – Château de Rochechouart
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
American Friends of Israel Museum
Caisse des dépôts et Consignations
CCF Foundation Pour La Photographie, Paris
Centre Georges Pompidou
Cowen & Co
FNAC Paris
FRAC Corse
International Center of Photography, NY
Kiester Investments
LA County Museum
Lhoist Group Collection
Maison European de la Photo
Musée d'Art Moderne - Ville de Paris (ARC)
Musee des Beaux Arts de Nantes
Neuberger Berman
New School, NY
SAC Capital Advisors
West Collection
Whitney Museum of American Art


Texts

2015
NECHVATAL, Joseph, « Finding fulfillment in images of empty white rooms »,  Hyperallergic.com, 15 October
WEIDMAN Ericka, « 20 ans du prix HSBC pour la photographie : Seton Smith Lauréate 1998 », L’Oeil de la photographie, 11th March

2013
« Art : Portfolio by Seton Smith », Bomb Magazine Issue # 123

2011
MAUL Tim, « Seton Smith », Art in America , September

2010
LANDI Ann, « Spectacular Venacular », Studio visit ARTnews , n°Août Photo Box, Gaain Gallery, Séoul

2008
LEFFINGWELL Edward, « Seton Smith: Winston Wachter », Art in America, November
LANDI Ann, « Seton Smith: Winston Wachter », ARTnews, December
SJORSTROM Jan, « Perspectives to Ponder », Palm Beach Daily News, 6 March
ASCHHEIM Eve, « Seton Smith », Brooklyn Rail, February

2007
ANDERSON Catherine« Unpeopled Reality Rendered Big & Slightly Blurry », Crosscut, Seattle, 21 October

2006
« Smart », Interior Magazine, South Corea, May

2003
ONEACRE Alison, « Seton’s Site », Women’s Wear Daily, 13 March
CARUSO CORRIGAN Joyce, « The Smith Mystery », Artnet,  January
 
2002
CAMHI Leslie, « People are Talking About; A Family Affair », American Vogue, November
STEINBERG Claudia, « Familien-kontras », German Vogue, December
SPEARS Dorothy, « Art Talk; Triple Play », ARTnews, November
 
2001
WEI Lilly, Winston Wachter Mayer, New York Reviews, ARTnews
VAILL Amanda, « XV Beacon », Architectural Digest, may

2000
NAHAS Dominique, « S. Smith at John Weber & Whitney », Art in America,  June

1999
VON DRATHEN, « Die Oberflache », Kunstforum, décembre 1999- January 2000

1998
STEINBERG Claudia, "Gluck der Erinnerung", German Vogue, February
« Seton Smith et Milomir Kovcacevic-Strasni, lauréats de la Fondation CCF pour la photographie », Le Monde