Geneviève and the May Wolf

Geneviève and the May Wolf

2000
Artist
Kiki Smith, American, 1954-
Born: Nuremberg, Germany
Work Locations: New York, NY
Country
United States
sculpture
Bronze
Funds from anonymous donor, Michael and Susan Rich, and the following by exchange: Ben Q. Adams, American Art Foundation, Lois Frumess, Prudence Grant, Mr. Samuel E. Hunter, Renee and David McKee, Robert Rauschenberg, Barry and Julie Smooke, Helen E. Tutag, and the Volunteer Benefit Events Purchase Fund
2000.252A-B

Kiki Smith
Geneviève and the May Wolf, 2000
Bronze
Funds from anonymous donor, Michael and Susan Rich, and the following by exchange: Ben Q. Adams, American Art Foundation, Lois Frumess, Prudence Grant, Mr. Samuel E. Hunter, Renee and David McKee, Robert Rauschenberg, Barry and Julie Smooke, Helen E. Tutag, and the Volunteer Benefit Events Purchase Fund, 2000.252A-B

Dimensions
height: 70 in, 177.8000 cm; width: 26 in, 66.0400 cm; depth: 26 in, 66.0400 cm; height: 42 in, 106.6800 cm; width: 14 in, 35.5600 cm; depth: 56 in, 142.2400 cm
Department
Modern and Contemporary Art
Collection
Modern and Contemporary Art
The subject of Kiki Smith’s work has often been the vulnerable female body, constructed of fragile materials such as glass, wax and paper. In recent years, however, Smith has begun to explore the myths of certain female saints and goddesses in bronze, a medium that is significantly stronger and more resilient. This particular sculpture was cast from Smith’s friend, Canadian photographer Geneviève Cadot, and based upon the story of Saint Genevieve. The daughter of a shepherd, Genevieve is often shown in the company of wolves and lambs to show that her devout spirit could pacify even natural enemies.
Exhibition History
  • "Retrospectacle: 25 Years of Collecting Modern and Contemporary Art"--Denver Art Museum, 11/16/2002 - 8/3/2003
  • "Focus: The Figure"--Denver Art Museum, 8/9/2008 - 2/2011
  • “Stampede: Animals in Art” — Denver Art Museum, 9/10/2017

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