Lisson Gallery presents Leon Polk Smith: Prairie Moon New York, 9 September – 16 October 2021

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The Contemporary Art Gallery presents the first solo exhibition in a public gallery in Canada by American artist Leon Polk Smith (1906-1996). Focusing on paintings and works on paper from the 1950s, the exhibition charts a critical moment in Smith’s artistic career in which the signature visual language of his work began to manifest, reflective both of prevalent trends of the time and an increasing engagement with the contexts of his upbringing and identity.

Leon Polk Smith: Hiding in Plain Sight

The Heard Museum of Art in Phoenix, Arizona is planning a solo Smith show that will include works from the 1930s to the 1990s. It is focused around the Native American influences and affinities in Smith’s art. Born in Oklahoma Indian Territory Smith had parents who were each one-half Cherokee. He spoke Cherokee growing up and remained proud of his Native American heritage. This survey, the broadest survey of Smith’s art since the Brooklyn Museum’s 1995-96 retrospective

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A Deeper Look at Leon Polk Smith’s Artistic Practice


The Lisson gallery is planning a retrospective survey spanning from 1949 to 1996 in West 24th Street space of the paintings and drawings of Leon Polk Smith.

The New York City-based independent scholar and curator Lynn Zelevansky, former director of the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh and previously a curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art, New York is curating the exhibition and writing the accompanying catalogue’s lead essay.