Born in 1979 in Austin, Texas, USA
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Emily Mae SMITH

Emily Mae Smith creates lively compositions that offer sly social and political commentary, with a nod to distinct historical painting movements, such as symbolism, surrealism, and pop art. Her lexicon of signs and symbols begins with her avatar, an anthropomorphic broomstick figure. Simultaneously referencing the painter’s brush, a domestic tool associated with women’s work, and the phallus, the figure continually transforms across Smith’s body of work. By adopting a variety of guises, the broom and other symbols speak to contemporary subjects, including gender, sexuality, capitalism, and violence.

Smith has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Le Consortium, Dijon, and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut.


2006 M.F.A. Visual Art, Columbia University, New York 
2002 B.F.A. Studio Art, University of Texas at Austin 

solo shows

- Harvesters, Perrotin, Paris, France
- Speculative Objects, Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium

- Kin, Simone Subal Gallery, New York, NY 
- Feast and Famine, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA
- Ex Libris, Rockefeller Arts Center, Fredonia, NY

- Avalon, Perrotin, Tokyo, Japan
- Matrix 181, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT

- Le Consortium, Dijon, France
- A Strange Relative, Genesis Belanger & Emily Mae Smith, Perrotin, New York, NY
- Feast of Totems, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany
- Henry+Smith, 39 Great Jones, New York, NY

- The Sphinx or The Caress, Simone Subal Gallery, New York, NY
- The Little Apocrypha, collaboration Emily Mae Smith & Adam Henry, curated by Samuel Leuenberger and Elise Lammer, SALTS, Birsfelden, Switzerland

- Tesla Girls, Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium
- Honest Espionage, Mary Mary, Glasgow, UK

- Medusa, Laurel Gitlen, New York, NY

- Novelty Court, Junior Projects. New York, NY 

- Neon Sigh, collaboration with Adam Henry, The Arcade, Nashville, TN

group shows

- Speaking Tree, Candice Madey, New York, NY
- La Bohème, curated by Eric Troncy, Alfonso Artiaco, Naples, Italy
- Figure 9, curated by Ryan Travis Christian, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
- The Dreamers, 58th October Salon I Belgrade Biennale, Belgrade, Serbia
- Someone said that the world’s a stage, GRIMM, New York, NY
- Bitter Nest, Perrotin, Tokyo, Japan 
- Works on paper, Alvaro Barrington, Ellen Berkenblit, Louise Bonnet, Chris Martin, Eddie Martinez, 
- Emily Mae Smith, Betty Tompkins, Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium
- Alphabetic Image, Arsenal Contemporary, New York, NY
- Works on paper, Jorge Pardo, Seth Price, Pieter Schoolwerth, Emily Mae Smith, Petzel Gallery, New York, NY 

- ABSTRACTION: between Representation and Non-Representation, Jason Haam, Seoul, South Korea
- TITLE TBD, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH 
- Myselves, Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 
- A Love Letter to a Nightmare​, Petzel Gallery, New York, NY
- Art on the Grid, Public Art Fund, New York, NY
- All of Them Witches, organized by Dan Nadel and Laurie Simmons, Jeffrey Deitch, Los Angeles, CA 

- Personal Private Public, Hauser & Wirth, New York, NY
- Dark Laughter, curated by Barry Schwabsky, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, UK 
- Words, Alexander Berggruen Gallery, New York, NY
- The Smiths, Malborough, London, UK
- Home/Work, JDJ | The Ice House, Garrison, NY
- Throwback Jack, curated by Amanda Schmitt, Fredericks & Freiser, New York, NY
- Magnetic Fields, curated by Cecilia Alemani, Gió Marconi Gallery, Milan, Italy
- No Patience For Monuments, Perrotin, Seoul, South Korea
- AXxoN N., Essex Flowers, New York, NY

- Summer, curated by Ugo Rondinone, Peter Freeman Inc, New York, NY
- Pine Barrens, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, NY 
- Six Artists, Harper’s Books, East Hampton, NY 
- The Sun Is Gone But We Have The Light, Unclebrother, Hancock, NY
- Dancing Goddesses, Dio Horia, Mykonos, Greece
- Texas, Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
- Buddy System, Deanna Evans Projects, Brooklyn, NY
- Herding Cats Again, Catbox Contemporary, Ridgewood, NY
- Tell Him What We Said About Paint It Black, 1 Mile Gallery. Kingston, NY
- The Revolutionary Suicide Mechanised Regiment Band Part 2, Rob Tufnell, London, UK
- The Cruellest Month, Mother Gallery, Beacon, NY
- Harper’s Books at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA
- Any body suspended in space will remain in space until made aware of its situation, Temnikova & Kasela, Tallinn, Estonia 

- Engender, Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
- Pharmacy for Idiots, Rob Tufnell, Cologne, Germany
- Women to the Front, Works from the Miller Meigs Collection, Lumber Room, Portland, OR 
- Her Eyes Are Like Doves Beside Streams of Water, Adams and Ollman, Portland, OR
- Le Quatrième Sexe, curated by Marie Maertens, Le Coeur, Paris, France
- Sharper Image, Present Company, Brooklyn NY
- Eyes, Nose, Lips, Etc. Etc., Left Field Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA

- Scarlet Street, Lucien Terras, New York, NY
- Me, Myself, I, China Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles, CA
- Surrreal, König Galerie (St. Agnes), Berlin, Germany
- What’s Up, curated by Lawrence van Hagen, Soho Revue, London, UK
- Untitled Body Parts, Simone Subal Gallery, New York, NY

- Unrealism, organized by Jeffrey Deitch and Larry Gagosian, The Moore Building, Miami, FL
- Mrs. Benway, Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland, OR
- I Dropped the Lemon Tart, Lisa Cooley, New York, NY
- Six Advertisements, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY
- Comic Relief, Levy/Delval, Brussels, Belgium
- Oh, Of Course, You Were Berry Picking, co-organized by Rosa Tyhurst, DREI Galerie, Cologne, Germany
- Six possibilities in painting (int.), curated by Fabian Schöneich and Samuel Leuenberger, Galerie Bernhard, Zurich, Switzerland

- Help Is on the Way, organized by Sean Landers, Wasserman Projects, Birmingham, MI
- Parallax Futured: Transtemporal Subjectivities, Skirball Museum, Cincinnati, OH
- Kidnapped, eine Wohnungsausstellung, Petrus Entertainment

- Page 179, Artforum, September 2013, Brennan & Griffin, New York, NY

- Knowledge of the True Games, Know More Games, Brooklyn, NY

- Anonymous Presence, Y Gallery, New York, NY

- Portugal Arte 10 - Portuguese Biennial, Personal Freedom, Lisbon, Portugal

- On From Here, Guild and Greyshkul, New York, NY

- Love in a Cold Climate, curated by Sima Familant and Lisa Schiff, Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston, MA
- The Cement Garden, Marvelli Gallery, New York, NY

- Summer Salon, curated by Kate Werble, Gerald Peters Gallery, New York, NY

- The Love Below, Marvelli Gallery, New York, NY

public collections

- Arsenal Contemporary, Montreal, Canada
- Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX, USA
- Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH, USA
- Consortium Museum, Dijon, France
- Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, USA
- Powerlong Art Museum, Shanghai, China
- Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT, USA
- Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA
- Zuzeum Art Centre, Riga, Latvia

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Emily Mae SMITH



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