Alexis Smith




Alexis Smith (b. 1949, Los Angeles, CA) is a Southern California artist widely known for her focus on mixed-media collage works that explore society’s fascination with popular media and advertising through witty juxtaposition. Smith attended the University of California, Irvine where she graduated with a B.A. in 1970. Throughout her career, Smith has exhibited extensively. Notably her first solo-exhibition with Riko Mizuno Gallery (Los Angeles, 1974), with subsequent representation by Nicholas Wilder Gallery, and Margo Leavin Gallery, among others. The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York held a retrospective for Smith in 1991 which traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in 1992. Her work has also been featured in many landmark museum exhibitions, such as: American Narrative: 1967–1977 (1977, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX); Making Their Mark: Women Artists Move Into the Mainstream, 1970–1985 (1989, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH); Image World: Art and Media Culture (1989, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York); Sunshine & Noir: Art in L.A., 1960–1997 (1997, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark); Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity (2000, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles); and Los Angeles: Birth of an Art Capital (2006, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris) and WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution (2007, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles). A career-retrospective is slated at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego for 2021.

recent exhibitions:

Alexis Smith, A Survey: 1973 - 2016