The work of Josh Smith is distinguished by his mastery of multiple mediums (including painting, collage, sculpture, book and printmaking, and ceramics), and his tendency to acknowledge trends in painting and sculpture by expressly upending them. His most iconic works are paintings that boldly feature his name as their subject; in recent years, the name has given way to motifs such as leaves, fish, skeletons, insects, ghosts, and sunsets. In selecting these rather arbitrary subjects and rendering them in a manner that is by turns aggressive, playful, repetitive, and oblique, Smith compels us to move beyond aesthetics towards a focus on process and looking.

Josh Smith (b. 1976) is from Knoxville, Tennessee and 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.

Josh Smith
Josh Smith
Knoxville, 1976
USA

Current Exhibitions

More / Less

de la Cruz Collection

01 Dec — 30 Nov
More / Less groups works by several international contemporary artists, produced during the last thirty years. The exhibition wants to investigate shifts in contemporary visual culture creating a mutual dialogue between...

Past Exhibitions

Contemporary Dialogues with Tintoretto

Galleria Giorgio Franchetti and Palazzo Ducale 20/10/2018 — 07/01/2019

Face and Form

de la Cruz Collection
01/12/2017 — 30/11/2018

Progressive Praxis

de la Cruz Collection
29/11/2016 — 29/11/2017

Josh Smith

Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Löwenbräu Areal
28/08/2015 — 07/11/2015

You’ve Got to Know the Rules…to Break Them

de la Cruz Collection
01/12/2015 — 08/10/2016

Solo Shows

2010
De Hallen Haarlem, The Netherlands
Josh Smith On The Water, Deitch Studios, New York, NY

2009
Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Geneva, Switzerland
Currents, Lurhing Augustine, New York, NY
Hiromi Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
I’m Not You. Air de Paris, Paris, France
Josh Smith Books, Printed Matter, New York, NY

2008
Hidden Darts, MUMOK, Museums Quartier, Vienna, Austria
Josh Smith: Collages, Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels, Belgium
Josh Smith, Zurich Abstraction, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland
Josh Smith/ Josh Fish, Hard Hat, Geneva, Switzerland
Josh Smith, Taxter & Spengemann, New York, NY

2007
Abstraction, Luhring, Augustine, NY
Fortescue Avenue/ Jonathan Viner hallery, London, UK

2006
Sketos Gabriele Gallery, Chicago, IL
Air de Paris, Paris France
Dial J for Josh, Power House, Memphis, TN
Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels, Belgium
Susanne Hilberry gallery, Detroit, MI
Standard, Oslo, Norway
2005
Fortescue Avenue/Jonathan Viner Gallery, London, UK
Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels, Belgium
Make It Plain, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York, NY
Sculpture Center, New York, NY

2004
Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York, NY

2003
Chinese Paintings, M Shanghai Bistro, New York, NY
Dial “J” For Josh, Margo Victor Presents, Los Angeles, CA
Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels, Belgium
Volume Gallery, New York, NY

Group Shows

2009
A Wild Night and a New Road, Altman Siegel, San Francisco, CA
Abstractionists Unite! Who Give You Just Enough to Last a Lifetime, Curated by Nancy Chaikin, The Glendale College Art Gallery, Glendale, CA
Access All Areas, Curated by Arturo Herrera, Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany
Cave Painting, Curated by Bob Nickas, PSM Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Chapter Three: The Wall of the Sky, The Wall of the Eye, About Change Collection, Berlin, Germany
Fax, The Drawing Center, New York, NY; Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD; Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA; Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, Canada; Dowd Gallery, Cortland, NY; Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico; Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong
Jettison: New Ideas in Abstraction, Trahern Galleru, Clarksville, Tennessee
Josh Smith and Sophie von Hellerman, Consortium, Dijon, France
Learn to Read Art: A History of Printed Matter, P.S.1, New York, NY
My Summer Show, Curated by Cristina Delgado, Galerie Lelong, New York, NY
Practice, Practice, Practice, Organized by Michael Smith and Jay Saunders, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX
Summer Show, Saks, Geneva, Switzerland
That’s Just the Way It Is, Curated by Michael St. John, Marvelli Gallery, New York, NY
The Generational: Younger Than Jesus, New Museum, New York, NY
The Living and the Dead, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY
The Perpetual Dialogue, (curatorial contributor), Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY
Top 10 Allegories, Francesca Pia Galerie, Zurich

2008
Black and White Exhibition: Dean Hughes, Nadira Husain, Andrei Koschmieder, Josh Smith, Anne Spieir, Galerie Neue Alte Brücke, Frankfurt, Germany
Book/Shelf, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Champion Zero, Rental, New York, NY
Fair Market, curated by Haley Mellin, Rental, New York, NY
Meet Me Around the Corner, works form the Astrup Fearnley Collection, Astrup Fearnley, Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway
Murder Letters, curated by david Rimanelli, Filomena Soares Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal
Painting now and Forever, Part II, Matthew marks Gallery, New York, NY
Standard Sizes, Andrew Kreps, New York, NY
The Peanut Gallery, curated by Jo Bradley, The Journal gallery, New York, NY

2007
A Few Artist’s Books, Roma Publications and Christoph Keller, project SD Barcelona, Spain
Accidental Modernism, Leslie Tonkonow, New York, NY
Aleatoric Contracts, curated by Eivind Furnesvik, Standard (Oslo), Norway.
Beneath the Underdog (or One Unopened Packet of Cigarettes), curated by Nate Lowman and Adam McEwen, Gagosian Gallery, New York
Biennale de Lyon: 00s, The History of a Decade That Has Not Yet Been Named, La Sucrière, Lyon, France.
Conditions of Display, Locust Projects, Miami, FL
Der Ficker: Thea Djordjadze, Sophie von Hellermann, Mick Peter, Tamuna Sirbiladze, Josh Smith, Emily Wardill and Franz West, Fortescue Avenue/Jonathan Viner Gallery, London, UK
For the People of Paris, Sutton Lane, Paris, France
Genesis I’m Sorry, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York, NY
Irreversible, Stellan Holm Gallery, New York, NY
Last Attraction Next Exit, Curated by Neville Wakefield, Max Wigram Gallery, London, UK
Malerei und Affekt, Organized by Gregg Bordowitz and Achim Hochdörfer, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, Austria
Michèle Didier Project – Part II: Christopher Wool and Josh Smith, Christophe Daviet Thery, Paris, France
Off Modern, Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers, France
Painting as Fact – Fact as Fiction, Curated by Bob Nickas, de Pury & Luxembourg, Zürich, Switzerland
The Third Mind: Carte Blanche a Ugo Rondinone, 2008, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Uncertain States of America, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic
USA Today, The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
What Glue Do You Use?, Atelier Cardenas Bellanger, Paris, France
What we do is secret, Blancpain Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland

2006
Bill Saylor, Josh Smith, Hiromo Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Color Aside, Luhring Augustine, New York, NY
Gedi Sibony and Josh Smith, harris Lieberman gallery, New York, NY
Hold that Elevator, Butridge Gallery at Dougherty Arts Centre, Austin, TX
In Dialogue, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York, NY
Paper, Sketos Gabrielle Gallery, Chicago, IL
Reena Spaulings, New York, NY
Slow Burn, curated by Jonah Freeman, Gallerie Edward Mitterrand, Geneva, Switzerland
Take One, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
The Dimes of March, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York, NY
Uncertain States of America, Serpentine Gallery, London
Under Pressure, Art: Concept, Paris, France
USA Today, Royal Academy Of Arts, London
Wade Guyton, Seth Price, Josh Smith Kelley Walker, Kunstalle Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
When the Revolution Comes, Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, New York, NY

2005
Helter Skelter, curated by Monica Moran, Capsule Gallery, New York, NY
I’m a Child of Divorce, Give Me a Break, curated by Michael St. John, Cynthia Broan Gallery, New York, NY
Interstate, curated by Adam McKewen, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NY
KIOSK: Modes of Multiplication and Liam Gillick: Edgar Schmitz, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
Lesser New York, curated by Fia Backström Production, Brooklyn, NY
Marc Selwyn Gallery, curated by Clarrissa Dalrymple, Los Angeles, CA
New York Twice, curated by Fabrice Stroun, Air de Paris, Paris, France
New York’s Finest, Canada Gallery, New York, NY
Paintings, November-January, Susanne Hillberry Gallery, Detroit, MI
Paper, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NY
POST MoDERN, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York, NY
Ruptures des Évidences, curated by Rita Ackerman, Confort Moderne, Potiers, France
Situational Prosthetics, curated by Nate Lowman, New Langton Art Center, San Francisco, CA
Sophie von Hellerman and Josh Smith: Collaborations, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York, NY
Uncertain States of America, Astrup-Fearnley Museum, Oslo, Norway

2004
Collection (or, How I Spent a Year), curated by Bob Nickas, P.S. 1, New York, NY
East Village ASU, curated by Rick Prol, B-Side Gallery, New York, NY
Me, Myself, and I, curated by Renee Riccardo and Paul Laster, University Galleries, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton,FL
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
Repetition, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY
Rimbaud, curated by Max Henry, I-20 Gallery, New York, NY
So Few Opportunities, So Many Mistakes, Champion Fine Art, New York, NY (as curator)

2003
25th Ljubljana Graphic Arts Biennial, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Mighty Graphitey, Feature Gallery, New York, NY

2002
Copy Books, Roth Horowitz, New York, NY

2000
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
New Work: Abstract Painting, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1999
Mr. Fascination, Threadwaxing Space, New York, NY

1998
Remix, June, Team Gallery, New York, NY

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Knoxville Country of birth: USA Date of birth: 1976 Lives in: New York, USA