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Alexis Smith

The American Way

Anthony Graham, Cecile Whiting, Elliott Hundley

    ISBN: 978 1 78551 429 6

    Size: 254 x 229 mm / 10 x 9 in

    Binding: Hardback

    Pages: 240

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    Date published: October, 2022

    Date published: October, 2022

    UK £35 /US $49.95


  • First comprehensive monograph on the artist in over 30 years, making it the definitive book on the artist’s full career.
  • Features previously unpublished works and new scholarship
  • Accompanying a major retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Oct 1, 2022 – Feb 26, 2023


This fully illustrated catalogue is the first comprehensive monograph on Alexis Smith in 30 years and presents the full range of the artist’s dynamic output, from her intimate artist books and collages to large wall paintings and installations.

Providing new insights into Smith’s work, this volume connects the themes that have persisted throughout the artist’s career, from her exploration of identity and self-invention to her preoccupation with stereotypes and clichés in film and literature. This publication will introduce Smith’s expansive body of work to a new generation of viewers. Situated alongside movements of conceptual and pop art and shaped by the feminist movements of the 1970s, Smith’s singular career expands our understanding of American art and provokes us to think critically on the culture we share.

Author information

Anthony Graham is Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.
Cecile Whiting is Chancellor’s Professor of Art History at the University of California, Irvine.
Elliott Hundley is an artist based in Los Angeles.