Bob Smith

Bob Smith was born in Springfield, MA in 1944. Awarded a traveling scholarship by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 1969, he went to Europe, settling in Madrid then Morocco. Between 1971 and 1977, Smith was regularly exhibited across Europe, including the 1973 Biennale de Paris.  In 1977, Bob Smith returned to New York City. Sharing a loft with video artist Michel Auder he became friends with many artists and poets. In the harsh realities of the city, his work of the 80s took a new turn getting interested in people’s fantasies and dreams, first with the wave of Egyptomania around the large exhibition “The Treasues of Tutankhamon” organized by the Metropolitan Museum and soon followed by his Sleepers & Dreamers’ series of paintings inspired by his participation in some of Carole Bovoso’s (Ione) dream workshops.

 By the late eighties, Smith moved to Miami. During this time, he was battling debilitating symptoms of AIDS but found joy in creating art and being active in various art collectives and organizations. Smith passed away in Miami, Florida in 1990. 

 Bob Smith is featured in the upcoming issue of the quarterly journal.

Things Money Can't Buy  •  1985

Things Money Can't Buy

Wood and mixed media construction with light
17 1/2 x 28 5/8 x 11 3/4 inches

1985  •  Courtesy of the artist, Danielle Tilkin and Martos Gallery. Photo: Charles Benton.

Mia Casa Madrid  •  1971-77, 1981

Mia Casa Madrid

Wood and mixed media construction
18 1/2 x 14 1/4 x 6 5/8 inches

1971-77, 1981  •  Courtesy of the artist, Danielle Tilkin and Martos Gallery. Photo: Charles Benton.

Manhattan  •  1981

Manhattan

Mixed media construction
20 x 12 1/2 x 4 7/8 inches

1981  •  Courtesy of the artist, Danielle Tilkin and Martos Gallery. Photo: Charles Benton.

You Reached for the Secret Too Soon  •  1982

You Reached for the Secret Too Soon

Wood and mixed media construction
22 3/4 x 40 x 8 1/8 inches

1982  •  Courtesy of the artist, Danielle Tilkin and Martos Gallery. Photo: Charles Benton.