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tubo di scappamento, pelle e piume di pollo

seggiolino per auto modificato

plastica, piccione

pollo, plastica, vassoio di plastica

pantaloni da jogging, plastica, conchiglie

cavi, pelle e piume di pollo

cintura di sicurezza modificata

manico di tosaerba, manico di motosega

palla da basket, maschera

PVC teso

plastica, smalto, carta stagnola , straccio da cucina

Schiuma di uretano

Plastica, inchiostro, pennino da inchiostro, tela

Tracolla di borsone, tubo di plastica per luce a neon, plastica

Schiuma, plastica, guanti chirurgici, t-shirt, 3 tende

Plastica, smalto, tappezzeria di automobile

Sacca di plastica, schiuma di uretano

Piatto di ceramica, plastica

Schiuma di uretano, cappello da pesca


nasce a Detroit nel 1977

vive e lavora a Providence, RI, USA





2008 MFA Yale University School of Art, New Haven

2006 BFA College for Creative Studies, Detroit

2005 AICAD New York Studio Program, New York



solo shows



S.M.A.K. Ghent, Ghent, Belgium



Pig, CAPRI, Dusseldorf, Germany

ZERO…, Milan

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

Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Ferndale, USA

La Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy

The Power Station, Dallas, USA

Reserve Ames, Los Angeles



CAPC museé d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France

Clifton Benevento, New York, NY

Ludwig Forum Aachen, Aachen, Germany

KOW, Berlin, Germany



ZERO…, Milan

Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal


Michael Benevento, Los Angeles, USA

Susanne Hilberry, Ferndale, USA 

Mönchehaus Museum, Goslar, Germany




KOW, Berlin, Germany 

Clifton Benevento, New York, USA 



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



All watched over by Machines of Loving Grace, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

old work, Joseloff Gallery, West Hartford, USA



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

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

Vom Dasein & Sosein. Skulptur, Objekt & Bühne, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany



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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