Magazine article Art Monthly

Keir Smith 1950-2007

Magazine article Art Monthly

Keir Smith 1950-2007

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The sculptor Keir Smith has died from cancer at the age of 57. His work often made reference to the art of the past, but was fully a part of its own time in the way it understood that past, including its technologies of carving and casting as they came to fresh uses and found new environmental contexts. He was indentifiably part of that strand of postmodern thinking in art that showed itself most visibly in his interest in history as uneven development. He was also a committed and admired teacher, notably at Wimbledon School of Art. Born in Gravesend, Kent, the son of a worker in Tilbury docks, he was strongly encouraged in his education by his parents. He studied fine art at Newcastle University where he was taught in particular by the painter Ian Stephenson, whom he followed to Chelsea School of Art. It was here that he moved away from painting and sometimes beyond sculpture also, to performance and slide documentation of performances made in the landscape, with made objects. These works were shown at Air Gallery in 1977 and Acme Gallery in 1980. Work in the public realm followed. …

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