Anj Smith’s ‘Book Lab’ uncovers a selection of the artist’s reference library and sources of inspiration. On display in two vitrines, the artist’s source materials, drawn directly from the studio, weave together diverse areas of interest including the natural sciences, jewellery, fashion and art historical genres including Mughal painting and the German Renaissance. The reference library selected by the artist features an equally extensive breadth ranging from classic works of literature by John Milton, Vladimir Nabokov and Virginia Woolf to seminal philosophical texts from Pierre Bourdieu, Judith Butler and Noam Chomsky. Plays and poetry also feature, namely ‘The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens’ from which the neighbouring exhibition ‘Phosphor for Palms’ draws its title. The reference library presented on a low coffee table and a vintage library trolley offers the viewer an accessible space in which to explore and discover the work of the artist.
‘Echo’ (2014), an edition by the artist, is displayed alongside a small book feature with ‘Anj Smith. Paintings’, the monograph released by Hauser & Wirth with MACK in 2013, and the most recent issue of the gallery’s magazine, ‘Volume 6’, which included a poster designed by Smith.
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About the Artist
‘I love the idea that painting, pointless technologically, can still hypnotise and seduce us. For me, this is where the uniquely profound nature of painting is located, as no other medium offers this specific legacy. Its multiple deaths, resuscitations and evolutions make it especially apt in…