Josiah McElheny

American, b. 1966

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Josiah McElheny

American, b. 1966

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Josiah McElheny explores the limits of memory, knowledge, and history in his elegant glass works. As he explains: “I don’t really believe in history. And I think that, at some level, that’s one subject of some of my work—the fact that history is mutable, which is essentially denying history.” Through his handcrafted glass objects, which he displays in groups and in combination with mirrors, photographs, and text, McElheny evokes our continual striving to construct a coherent understanding of the past and the stories we tell in the process. In McElheny’s work, the infinite reflectivity of glass becomes a metaphor for the act of reflection—on ideas, memories, and history—itself. He was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2006.

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
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Tate, and 2 more
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Artforum, and 4 more
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Carnegie International, and 1 more
Biography

Josiah McElheny explores the limits of memory, knowledge, and history in his elegant glass works. As he explains: “I don’t really believe in history. And I think that, at some level, that’s one subject of some of my work—the fact that history is mutable, which is essentially denying history.” Through his handcrafted glass objects, which he displays in groups and in combination with mirrors, photographs, and text, McElheny evokes our continual striving to construct a coherent understanding of the past and the stories we tell in the process. In McElheny’s work, the infinite reflectivity of glass becomes a metaphor for the act of reflection—on ideas, memories, and history—itself. He was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2006.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Carnegie International, and 1 more
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