Curatorial Talks: Richard Vine with Ray Smith
Part of the Meeting at a Distance series
Join Richard Vine, published author and managing editor of Art in America, with contemporary artist Ray Smith, as they discuss the surreal undertones of both Smith’s work and the current sociopolitical climate. The two reflect on how the art world has coped with previous unforeseeable disasters. After the talk, members will have the opportunity to ask questions and comment on the discussion.
Ray Smith is a painter and a sculptor. Born in Texas and raised in central Mexico, Smith studied fresco painting with traditional craftsmen. Often relating to Surrealism, his work is also characterized by a unique kind of magical realism, often through anthropomorphizing animals. Smith has exhibited in more than fifty international exhibitions, including the Triennial of Drawings at the Joan Miró Foundation, Barcelona; the Whitney Biennial, New York; and the group exhibition Latin American Artists of the 20th Century, which traveled from Seville, Spain to the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Kunsthalle, Cologne; and MoMA, New York.
Richard Vine is the managing editor of Art in America. He holds a PhD in literature from the University of Chicago and served as editor-in-chief of the Chicago Review and Dialogue: An Art Journal. Vine has taught at major universities in the US and Saudi Arabia. Some 300 of his articles have appeared in various journals, and his critical books include Odd Nerdrum: Paintings, Sketches, and Drawings, and New China, New Art, which traces the emergence of avant-garde art in China since 1976.
MEETING AT A DISTANCE
Meeting at a Distance presents recurring conversations, started in a time of quarantine. The series features artists from the Mana Contemporary community, connecting with each other to discuss this new time, and how it has shifted their practice, process, and thinking.