British contemporary artist Bob and Roberta Smith (b. 1963, London), one artist despite the dual identity - aka Patrick Brill, is famous for his political, often humorous and empowering artworks. Smith graduated with an MFA from Goldsmith College, London, in 1993 and shortly thereafter chose his pseudonym, which references his sister Roberta with whom he collaborated creatively in the early years. Smith works with different media including collage, installation and performance, but he is mostly famous for his sign paintings that involve comic yet thoughtful and politically provocative texts. The artist self professed his interest in the idea of 'green-ink letters', (an English expression referring to supposed letters expressing eccentric views, sometimes considered inspired by paranoia or hallucination), and he explores the notion of short anonymous tongue-in-cheek sentences that he paints on wood, cardboard, canvas and various other materials. His writings explore the relationship between art, politics, society and humour in order to constantly question the viewer's approach to everyday things. Most importantly, however, Smith attempts to empower the spectator. Surrounding his signature pieces that feature his own or quoted fragments of various text is a large body of work that allows anyone to participate: a temporary art school teaching tonality and expression, an opportunity to dress up as Hannah Arendt - a great influence on Smith’s thinking - an invitation to copy, paste and resend his open letter to the British education secretary Michael Gove. Bob and Roberta Smith have had numerous solo exhibitions at prestigious institutions including at the Hayward Gallery, London; the Whitechapel Gallery, London; Pierogi, New York; and Galleria Carbone.to, Torino. Selected group shows include Tate Britain, London; Hayward Gallery, London; Serpentine Gallery, London; Tate Liverpool, Liverpool; CCAC, San Francisco; National Gallery, Copenhagen; and CIMA Gallery, Calcutta. Smith's work can be found in public and private collections including the Tate Collection, UK Arts Council Collection and UK British Council Collection. In 2009, a sculpture by Bob and Roberta Smith was shortlisted for the Fourth Plinth exhibition in London’s Trafalgar Square; in 2008, Bob and Roberta Smith’s Christmas Tree was exhibited in the hall of Tate Britain, London. Bob and Roberta Smith lives and works in London.

Exhibitions

2013
Bob and Roberta Smith
Plymouth Exhibition Centre, Plymouth, UK
2012
The Art Party USA Comes to the UK
Hales Gallery, London, UK
2012
Who is Community?
Art On the Underground, London Underground, Stratford Station, London, UK
2012
You Should Be In Charge
Work Gallery, London, UK
2011
The Gotham Golem
Pierogi Gallery, New York, US
2011
I have forgotten, was there a past?
Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, UK
2010
I Should Be In Charge
Hales Gallery, London, UK
2010
Hijack Reality, Let 100,000 Kunstvereine Bloom
Mead Gallery, Warwick, UK
2009
The Artist Is Deeply Dangerous
Beaconsfield, London, UK
2009
A Memorial To Harry Farr
Galerie Kusseneers, Antwerp, BE
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