John Waters, John Waters, Children Who Smoke, 2009, 8 c-prints, Each image: 5 — 7 inches, Framed: 26 1/2 — 20 1/2 inches, Edition of 5. Courtesy of Marianne Boesky Gallery.
John Waters‘ upcoming exhibitions at Gagosian Gallery in L.A. and Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York will feature his series of movie stills titled “Children Who Smoke.” Love it. Now I’m trying to think of other artists who depict children smoking (preferably real cigarettes, but I’ll take Sally Mann’s fake one too). I’m pressed for time and can only come up with a few examples, but I know there is oh so much more. Who else?
Maria Marshall, When I Grow Up I Want To Be a Cooker (still from video), 1998
Rita Ackermann, Now I’m Gonna Take A Vacation
Yoshitomo Nara, Guston Girl, 2000, Deutsche Bank Collection
David Gilmore Blythe, Street Urchins, c. 1856-58, oil on canvas, Collection of The Butler Institute of American Art
David Gilmore Blythe, The Newsboys, 1846-52
Sally Mann, Candy Cigarette, 1989
Claudine Isé has worked in the field of contemporary art as a writer and curator for the past decade, and currently serves as the Editor of the Art21 Blog. Claudine regularly writes for Artforum.com and Chicago magazine, and has also worked as an art critic for the Los Angeles Times. Before moving to Chicago in 2008, she worked at the Wexner Center in Columbus, OH as associate curator of exhibitions, and at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles as assistant curator of contemporary art, where she curated a number of Hammer Projects. She has Ph.D. in Film, Literature and Culture from the University of Southern California.
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