Josiah McElheny, ‘Lilly Reich (and Wilhem Wagenfeld), Blue’, Christie's

Signature: Lilly Reich (and Wilhem Wagenfeld), Blue

New York, Andrea Rosen Gallery, Josiah McElheny: Proposals for a Chromatic Modernism, September-October 2009.

Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

Private collection

About Josiah McElheny

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.

American, b. 1966, Boston, Massachusetts, based in Brooklyn, New York

Group Shows

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Fair History on Artsy

Andrea Rosen Gallery at Art Basel 2016
Andrea Rosen Gallery at Frieze New York 2016
Andrea Rosen Gallery at Frieze New York 2015
Donald Young Gallery at Art Basel 2011