Emily Mae Smith

Emily Mae Smith makes lively and humorous paintings that are full of allusions to art historical movements like Symbolism, Surrealism and Pop-art. Underneath this visual wit, Smith addresses timely and relevant topics like gender, sexuality, capitalism and violence, thereby making her paintings multi-layered. One of the recurring characters in her work is a broomstick figure that she started using because it allows her to paint a domestic tool associated with women’s labour, a painter’s brush and a phallus symbol at the same time. This figure continuously evolves throughout her oeuvre and takes on a broad variety of forms and guises.



Born 1979 in Austin, TX USA

Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY USA



M.F.A. Visual Art, Columbia University, New York, NY USA


B.F.A. Studio Art, University of Texas at Austin, TX USA

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions


Heretic Lace, Petzel, New York, NY USA


Harvesters, Perrotin, Paris, France

Speculative Objects, rodolphe janssen, Brussels, Belgium


Kin, Simone Subal Gallery, New York, NY USA

Feast and Famine, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA USA

EX LIBRIS, Rockefeller Arts Center, State University of New York at Fredonia, Fredonia, NY USA


Avalon, Perrotin, Tokyo, Japan

MATRIX 181, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT USA


Le Consortium, Dijon, France

A Strange Relative, Genesis Belanger & Emily Mae Smith, Perrotin New York, New York, NY USA

Feast of Totems, Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin, Berlin, Germany

A Name Unfamiliar, Underlined in Red, Henry+Smith, curated by Ugo Rondinone, 39 Great Jones, New York, NY USA


The Sphinx or The Caress, Simone Subal Gallery, New York, NY USA

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, United Kingdom


Medusa, Laurel Gitlen, New York, NY USA


Novelty Court, Junior Projects, New York, NY USA

Group Exhibitions


Finger Bang, Co-curated by Genesis Belanger and GaHee Park, Perrotin, Paris, France

Sausage Party, Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium

Out of Body, Out of Mind, The Warehouse, Dallas, TX USA

Put It This Way: (Re)Visions of the Hirshhorn Collection, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. USA

Artists Inspired by Music: Interscope Reimagined, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA USA


Speaking Tree, Candice Madey, New York, NY USA

La Bohème, curated by Eric Troncy, Alfonso Artiaco, Naples, Italy

Present Generations: Creating the Scantland Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH USA

Figure 9, curated by Ryan Travis Christian, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL USA

Someone said that the world’s a stage, GRIMM, New York, NY USA

The Dreamers, 58th October Salon I Belgrade Biennale, Belgrde, Serbia

Bitter Nest, Perrotin, Tokyo, Japan

Alphabetic Image, Arsenal Contemporary, New York, NY USA

Works on paper, rodolphe janssen, Brussels, Belgium

Neue Sachlichkeit, CFA, Berlin, Germany

Nature Morte, The Hole, New York, NY USA

Works on Paper, Jorge Pardo, Seth Price, Pieter Schoolwerth, Emily Mae Smith, Petzel Gallery, New York, NY USA


ABSTRACTION: between Representation and Non-Representation, Jason Haam, Seoul, South Korea

TITLE TBD, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH USA

Myselves, Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA USA

A Love Letter to a Nightmare​, Petzel Gallery, New York, NY USA

Art on the Grid, Public Art Fund, New York, NY USA

All of Them Witches, organized by Dan Nadel and Laurie Simmons, Jeffrey Deitch, Los Angeles, CA USA


Dark Laughter, Pippy Houldsworth, London, UK

Personal Private Public, Hauser & Wirth, New York, NY USA

The Smiths, Marlborough, London, UK

HOME/WORK, JDJ The Icehouse, Garrison, NY USA

Throwback Jack, Fredericks & Freiser, New York, NY US

Alternate Realities, Arsenal Contemporary, Montreal, Canada

The Magnetic Fields, Gió Marconi, Milan, Italy

No Patience for Monuments, Perrotin, Seoul, South Korea


Summer, curated by Ugo Rondinone, Peter Freeman Inc. New York, NY USA

Pine Barrens, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, NY USA

Six Artists, Harper’s Books, East Hampton, NY USA

The Sun is Gone But We Have the Light, Unclebrother, Hancock, NY USA

Dancing Goddesses, Curated by Marina Vranopoulou, Dio Horia, Mykonos, Greece

Texas, curated by Matthew Brown, Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA USA

Buddy System, Deanna Evans Projects, Brooklyn, NY USA

Herding Cats, Again, Catbox Contemporary, Ridgewood, NY USA

Tell Him What We Said About Paint It Black, curated by Andy Mister, 1 Mile Gallery, Kingston, NY USA

The Revolutionary Suicide Mechanised Regiment Band Part 2, Rob Tufnell, London, UK

The Cruellest Month, Mother Gallery, Beacon, NY USA

Any body suspended in space will remain in space until made aware of its situation, curated by Margot Samel, Temnikova & Kasela, Tallinn, Estonia

Harper’s Books at the Beverly Hills Hotel Sunset Suite, The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA USA


Engender, Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA USA

Pharmacy for Idiots, Rob Tufnell, Cologne, Germany

Eyes, Nose, Lips, etc etc, Left Field gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA USA

Her Eyes Are Like Doves Beside Streams of Water, Adams and Ollman, Portand, OR USA

Sharper Image, Present Company, Brooklyn, NY USA

LE QUATRIÈME SEXE, Indéfinition des genres, réaffirmation des plaisirs, Le Coeur, Paris, France

Kidnapped, eine Wohnungsausstellung (a residential exhibition), virtual exhibition, Petrus Entertainment


Scarlet Street, Lucien Terras, New York, NY USA

Me, Myself, I, China Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles, CA USA

Surrreal, Johan König Galerie, Berlin, Germany

What's Up, curated by Lawrence van Hagen, Soho Revue, London, United Kingdom

Untitled Body Parts, Simone Subal Gallery, New York, NY USA

Rock’n’Roll Nightmare, curated by Olivia Drusin, 41 Cooper Square Gallery, New York, NY USA


Unrealism, co-organized by Jeffrey Deitch and Larry Gagosian, The Moore Building, Miami, FL USA

Mrs. Benway, Fourteen30, Portland, OR USA

I Dropped the Lemon Tart, Lisa Cooley, New York, NY USA

Six Advertisements, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY USA

Comic Relief, Levy.Delval, Brussels, Belgium

Oh, Of Course, You Were Berry Picking, co-organized by Rosa Tyhurst, DREI, Cologne, Germany

Six possibilities in painting (int.), curated by Fabian Schöneich and Sam uel Leuenberger, Galerie Bernhard, Zurich, Switzerland


Help is on the Way, organized by Sean Landers, Wasserman Projects, Birmingham, MI USA

Parallax Futured: Transtemporal Subjectivities, Skirball Museum, Cincin nati, OH USA


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


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


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


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


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


Love in a Cold Climate, curated by Sima Familant and Lisa Schiff, Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston, MA USA

The Cement Garden, Marvelli Gallery, New York, NY USA


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


The Love Below, Marvelli Gallery. New York, NY USA


Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. USA

The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY USA

MOCA, Los Angeles, CA USA

Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH USA

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA

Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX, USA

Powerlong Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, USA

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT, USA

The Consortium Museum, Dijon, France

Arsenal Contemporary, Montreal, Canada

Zuzeum Art Centre, Riga, Latvia