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JOSH SMITH

HALL 2.0

STAND F16

(1976, Knoxville)

This work is an example of the artist's restless experimentation. Abstraction is embraced as a risk, leading him to avoid identifying with any particular style or fashion. His work often involves the repetition of certain formal motifs while varying the chromatic elements and altering the composition. In this piece, the painted frame plays a significant role in harmonizing with the deep black-purple color of the canvas.

Josh Smith lives and works in New York.  He has had numerous solo exhibitions in the United States and abroad, including Hidden Darts at MUMOK in Vienna in 2008, Who Am I at De Hallen Haarlem in 2009, Josh Smith at the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève in 2009, The American Dream at The Brant Foundation in Greenwich, CT in 2011, and most recently, Josh Smith at MACRO Testaccio, Rome in 2015.  He has also participated in significant group exhibitions such as The Generational Triennial: Younger Than Jesus at the New Museum in New York, ILLUMInations in the 2011 Venice Biennale, Le Printemps de Septembre in Toulouse, The Painting Factory: Abstraction after Warhol at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. His works are in important public collections including the Centre Pompidou, Paris, MUMOK, Vienna, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Untitled, 2015, oil on canvas, cm.h. 152,5 x 122

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