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Born

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2012,7046.1

  • Title (object)

    • Born
  • Description

    Two figures, a girl and a woman, wearing red capes, appear out of a recumbent wolf's stomach. 2002
    Colour lithograph

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 2002
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 1730 millimetres
    • Width: 1430 millimetres (sheet)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Signed and dated '2002' in pencil lower right corner; numbered in pencil lower left corner: '23/38'.
        Blindstamp of publisher and printer ULAE (Universal Limited Art Editions) lower left corner
  • Curator's comments

    This was printed and published by Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip, New York in an edition of 38. From 1999, Kiki Smith has worked on the theme of 'Little Red Riding Hood' in sculpture, prints, paintings on glass, photographs and drawings. In this print biblical overtones are evoked by the cloaked figures that recall medieval depictions of the Virgin. Kiki Smith has commented: 'If you take 'Born' out of the context of the story and just look at the image, I thought it looked like the figures were being born out of the wolf. And then I thought of works like Botticelli's Venus on the shell - the same image of a vertical and a horizontal, like the Virgin Mary on the moon' (cited by Weitman, p. 38). The faces of the little girl and the grandmother are both portraits of the artist; that of the little girl is based on a drawing which had been made of her when she was a child. The print is discussed in the catalogue raisonné by Wendy Weitman on page 38. The image was used as the jacket cover illustration for 'The Irresistible Fairy Tale': The Cultural and Social History of a Genre', by Jack Zipes (Princeton University Press, 2012).

    The Little Red Riding Hood imagery also appears in Smith's work 'Companion', an accordion-folded book of photolithographs made in 2000, which is also in the Museum's collection (2015,7072.1).

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  • Bibliography

    • Weitman 2003 128 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G30

  • Exhibition history

    2017 9 Mar-18 Jun, London, BM, G30, The American Dream

  • Subjects

  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: Little Red Riding Hood
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2012

  • Acquisition notes

    Credit line to read: 'Presented by Hamish Parker'

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    2012,7046.1

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