Philip Smith’s pictographic work was first seen in the seminal Pictures exhibition, curated by Douglas Crimp
at Artists Space—which also included Robert Longo, Sherrie Levine, Troy Brauntuch and Jack Goldstein. These five artists established the movement that has become known as The Pictures Generation, that now includes Cindy Sherman, Richard Prince, Laurie Simmons and many others.
Smith first moved to NYC from Florida as a young artist, working as a writer for Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine, and going on to become managing editor of GQ. His unusual life story has been captured in his memoir, Walking Through Walls, published by Simon and Schuster—the true story of growing up with a father who discovers that he has supernatural powers. Showtime has acquired the book for a weekly television series, now in development. His work has been included in both the Whitney and Beijing Biennial and is in the permanent collection of the Whitney, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas Museum of Art, Miami Art Museum, Detroit Institute of Art, among others.