Playing with Art History and Paint, Josh Smith’s Latest Show Delights
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Signature: signed and dated 'Josh Smith 2007' on the reverse; further titled "JS0794" on the overlap
Luhring Augustine, New York
Phillips, New York, 15 May 2015, lot 165
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
Josh Smith is best known for his aggressive, gestural paintings of his own name, in which the letters fluctuate between signifiers and abstracted forms. In recent years, he has experimented with more figurative subjects such as fish, leaves, skeletons, and insects. Using murky color and large brushstrokes, Smith is not interested in precisely rendering his subjects, but rather in exploring the possibilities of abstraction. Many of his paintings incorporate digital images of previous work, which he then exhaustively reworks.
American, b. 1976, Knoxville, Tennessee, based in New York, New York