Michael E. Smith

Sam Steverlynck questions the Detroit artist’s institutional games

By Sam Steverlynck

Michael E. Smith, 2017 (installation view, S.M.A.K., Ghent). Courtesy the artist Michael E. Smith, 2017 (installation view, S.M.A.K., Ghent). Courtesy the artist Michael E. Smith, 2017 (installation view, S.M.A.K., Ghent). Courtesy the artist

S.M.A.K., Ghent, 24 June – 1 OctoberUnlike most exhibitions, Michael E. Smith’s solo show at S.M.A.K. is not indicated by big letters spelling out the artist’s name, let alone wall texts. Instead, after pushing a glass door – whose handles have been removed – one immediately enters a big room that has been darkened and for which the artist has dimmed the light. (In other rooms here, he removes the lighting completely.) The room has been almost completely left empty…

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