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New Museum Multiple, 2010
Mixed media on cardboard; each unique
60 × 48 in (152.4 × 121.92 cm)
Courtesy the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York
Josh Smith (b. 1976) first became known for his expressionistic canvases featuring various configurations of the letters of his own name. These works synthesized the serial production strategies of Conceptual art with the impassioned abstraction of the Neo-Expressionists and the ironic self-aggrandizement of Andy Warhol. Smith has been producing a sprawling series of large collages, now numbering in the hundreds, which incorporate newspapers, found posters, inkjet prints, and woodblock printed advertisements from his past shows. New Museum Multiple is a series of unique works that Smith has infused with painting and collaged/ de-collaged elements executed on folded cardboard with distressed and abraded surfaces. The contradiction of the “unique multiple” is part of the artist’s practice of incorporating serial repetition with individual expression.
Josh Smith lives and works in New York City. The artist has had numerous solo gallery exhibitions internationally and throughout the country, most recently at Luhring Augustine in New York. In 2006, Smith had a solo exhibition at the Power House in Memphis, “Dial J for Josh.” He has participated in group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the Royal Academy of Arts, Serpentine Gallery, and the Astrup-Fearnley Museum. Smith’s work was included in the New Museum exhibition “The Generational: Younger than Jesus” in 2009.