Reviews
 
The Boston Globe
Review of Iconograms, New Art Center in Newton, by Christine Temin, April 20, 2005
    With Disparate Views, They Vividly Evoke City Life
‚ĶSmith's brash works are on image overload, starting with the first piece you see entering the gallery, his “Struts and Flags.” Like all of his work in the show, this quartet of little pieces is tacked directly onto the wall, which gives them the immediacy of posters slapped onto city buildings. The work suggests an energetic, even raucous urban celebration, maybe a parade, with knobby little black proto people reminiscent of painter Layla Ali's cast of green-skinned characters. Like Ali's figures, Smith's are cartoonish. The ones in “Struts and Flags” hold long ribbons that end in silver orbs: Helium balloons, perhaps?

Smith works in series. Several of his “Warrior Cycle” pieces are in the Newton show. They're crammed, the elements jostling for space like the people and buildings of an overcrowded city. The “Warrior” works are large -- 6 feet across -- which adds to their punch. They pull you in from far away. Size is also a dominant factor in the series called “Head Shots 1-8,” only here it's the small scale that makes the works effective. You have to be just inches away to make out the pictures of men collaged onto the surface. Study them closely, and you discover that some are pornographic. Smith makes a joke out of making you look hard to find them.  

       
  The Boston Globe
Review of Iconograms, New Art Center in Newton, by Denise Taylor, April 14, 2005
 
    Dance and Politics Mix; A Spring Fling in Framingham
ELEMENTS OF NYC -- Four artists living in humming, hectic, ever-alive New York City have joined to present work inspired by their home turf. "Icograms," which runs through May 21 at the New Art Center in Newton , takes on the metropolis as a metaphor for modern civilization.

The exhibit, curated by Clay Hensley and Anthony Smith Jr., who both take part in the show, features artists whose work takes on elements of their surroundings.

Smith, who works as a research clerk for The New York Times, captures the hubbub of Times Square in his Crayola-bright, frenetic paintings.

 
       
  The New York Times
Review of Harlemworld: Metropolis in Metaphor, Studio Museum in Harlem
by Herbert Muschamp, February 13, 2004
 
   

Metaphors Rise in Harlem Sky
...A vast megaphone flares out from the corner of one gallery, the work of a team led by Coleman A. Jordan . Entitled '' Harlem Speak: Streetsigns & Soapboxes ,'' the speaking device is a reprise of a concept presented 20 years ago by Laurie Hawkinson, John Malpede and Erika Rothenberg. Clearly, the desire to be heard does not go out of style. Mr. Jordan roots his version in the lapsed tradition of soapbox speakers who once animated Harlem street corners...