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Josh Smith

United States 1976

Installation, Sculpture, Painting, Collage

Josh Smith
Josh Smith
United States
June 6, 2016
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Josh Smith is a young American artist who uses a variety of mediums, such as painting, sculpture, collage and installation, in order to playfully comment on various trends in art by turning their ideas upside down. Smith’s works often feature his name as the main subject or casual motifs such as leaves, fish, skeletons, insects, ghosts, and palms. The way Smith renders his subjects is rather playful, repetitive, and even aggressive at times. His goal is to make his viewers focus on the process of his art making rather than the mere aesthetics.

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Josh Smith – Untitled, 2013 (Left) / Untitled II, 2013 (Right) – images via

Navigation Between Hand-Made Artworks and Found Objects

Josh Smith was born in the mid-70s and he is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. He studied at Miami University from 1994 to 1996, but eventually he earned his BFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1998. In addition to his career in painting, Smith is also a successful bookmaker and ceramicist. His style is strongly related to the tendencies of his generation of artists. Also, his training in printmaking made a strong impact of his pieces. A lot of his works are mixed-media creations which combine hand-made and found objects and in this way underline the meaning of originality. Also, he is known to incorporate digital images of his previous works into his new pieces. Smith uses mainly murky colors and wide brushstrokes because he’s not interested in precision, but rather in exploring a different type of abstraction For Smith, his work is an important part of his identity and his communicational style. Painting is like talking to me, it is how I communicate, Smith says.

Josh Smith likes to select mixed-media pieces and combine them with found objects

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Josh Smith – Untitled IV, 2013 – image via

Bad Boy Artist in Trending Online Documentary

Smith’s works are bold and direct – they speak directly to the viewer and they are able to force a certain interaction. His paintings are known to violate the rules of formal representation and traditional approach in order to give space to abstraction. Through his innovative, energetic and sometimes bizarre art, Smith has built a reputation of a bad boy among various indie film and fashion types. Even though his paintings, collages, and books seem messy, they are also considered emotional and sophisticated and they are quite popular among collectors, galleries, and museums. In 2015, an online documentary about Josh Smith was released on the Internet. It is a 20-minute piece made by Max Fierst and it covers the artist’s history of paintings, sculpture, and publishing, but it also focuses on his body of work called Sculpture, which was exhibited at Luhring Augustine gallery in New York.

In 2015, an online documentary about Josh Smith’s art and exhibitions was released on the Internet

Exhibitions and Public Collections

Smith’s unusual pieces have been very successful ever since his early shows in 2003. Smith has had many solo exhibitions in the United States and abroad, held at important artspaces such as the Bonner Kunstverein in Bonn, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Rome, The Brant Foundation in Greenwich, CT, and MUMOK, Vienna.Smith has also participated in numerous group exhibitions such as The Painting Factory: Abstraction after Warhol at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Le Printemps de Septembre in Toulouse and ILLUMInations in the 2011 Venice Biennale. His highly original pieces which combine digital and traditional approach can be also found in several public collections – the Centre Pompidou in Paris, MUMOK in Vienna, the Whitney Museum and MOMA in New York, to name just a few.

Smith has been interested in collecting and showcasing unusual pieces ever since his early shows in 2006

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Josh Smith – Untitled, 2010 – image via

Playful Approach of Young American Artist

Josh Smith is an extraordinary artist hard to categorize – while some of his pieces look negligently and arbitrarily composed, they still have a very powerful emotional content and hence the undeniable quality. Using his wide and playful brushstrokes together with the great sense of humor, Smith creates his very own, unique communication with his audience. At the same time, his pieces offer a certain commentary on the modern world we’re living in and on the contemporary art creations and their controversial nature.

Josh Smith lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Featured image: Josh Smith’s Portrait – image via

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Josh SmithXavier Hufkens at Art BrusselsGroup
2015Josh Smith - Cold FusionHiromi Yoshii Gallery, TokyoSolo
2015Works on PaperGalerie Eva Presenhuber, ZurichGroup
2015The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal WorldMoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NYGroup
2015The Shell (Landscapes, Portraits & Shapes)Almine Rech Gallery, ParisGroup
2015Group ExhibitionGalerie Catherine Bastide, BrusselsGroup
2014Josh Smith - Unsolved MysteryMassimo De Carlo Milan, MilanSolo
2014Artists for ArtistsMatthew Marks Gallery - 522 West 22th Street, New York City, NYGroup
2014KilnLeila Heller Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2014The Image Is Beside The PointPierot the Fool, New York City, NYGroup
2014Fire!Venus Over Manhattan, New York City, NYGroup
2014Yokohama Triennale 2014Yokohama Triennale, YokohamaGroup
2014Hypothesis for an ExhibitionDominique Lévy Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2014DisplayedAnton Kern Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2014Collective IIIGalerie Guy Bärtschi, GenevaGroup
2014Home sculptureMassimo De Carlo London, LondonGroup
2014Drive the Chance100plus, ZurichGroup
2014Speaking Through Paint: Hans Hofmann’s Legacy TodayLori Bookstein Fine Art, New York City, NYGroup
2014Dallas BiennaleDB14 - Dallas Biennale, Dallas, TXGroup
2014Stay in LoveLaurel Gitlen, New York City, NYGroup
2014Stay in Love Lisa Cooley Fine Art, New York City, NYGroup
201324 HoursGalerie Eva Presenhuber, ZurichSolo
2013Josh Smith - Solo ShowLuhring Augustine Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2013Josh Smith - Solo ExhibitStandard (Oslo), OsloSolo
2013Josh SmithZabludowicz Collection London, LondonSolo
2013Summer in GstaadPatricia Low Contemporary, GstaadGroup
2013Love Of TechnologyMuseum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA), Miami, FLGroup
2013A Pinch Of Saffron, Dash Of VermouthDODGEgallery, New York City, NYGroup
2013Draw Gym247365, New York City, NYGroup
2013XerograhyFirstsite, ColchesterGroup
2013Auf Zeit - Wandbilder BildwändeKunsthalle Bielefeld, BielefeldGroup
2013The Writing is on the WallJonathan Viner Gallery, LondonGroup
2013The System of ObjectsDeste Foundation for Contemporary Art, AthensGroup
2013Kyle Thur­manTORRI, ParisGroup
2013Passive AggressiveMassimo De Carlo Milan, MilanGroup
2013Abstract Generation: Now in PrintMoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NYGroup
2013LocaleAnderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass Village, COGroup
2013White Collar CrimesAcquavella Galleries, Inc., New York City, NYGroup
201339 great jonesGalerie Eva Presenhuber, ZurichGroup
2013Shake & BakeHard Hat, GenevaGroup
2012UntitledGalerie Eva Presenhuber, ZurichSolo
2012Concatenation. Signature, Seriality, PaintingBlain|Southern, LondonGroup
2012Painting in Space Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2012Painting Now Galerie Eva Presenhuber, ZurichGroup
2012The Slide ShowFRAC - Auvergne, Clermont FerrandGroup
2012Everyday Abstract - Abstract EverydayJames Cohan Gallery - New York, New York City, NYGroup
2012Mix remixLuhring Augustine Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2012The Painting Factory: Abstraction after WarholMOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2012Surface to SurfaceJonathan Viner Gallery, LondonGroup
2012LocaleAnderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass Village, COGroup
2012Friends & Family - Kenny SchachterROVE Projects LLP, LondonGroup
2012Print OutMoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NYGroup
2012Idealizing the Imaginary: Illusion and Invention in Contemporary PaintingOakland University Art Gallery - OUAG, Rochester, MIGroup
2012Group ExhibitionAltman Siegel Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011Josh Smith - The American DreamThe Brant Foundation, Greenwich, CTSolo
2011Josh SmithLuhring Augustine Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2011Painting…expandedEspacio 1414, SanturceGroup
2011In the Name of the ArtistsAstrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, OsloGroup
2011Perfect Man IIWhite Columns, New York City, NYGroup
2011Ray's A LaughHalf Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2011Benessere TemporaneoGalleria Six, MilanGroup
2011Sculpture NowGalerie Eva Presenhuber, ZurichGroup
2011Biennale di Venezia - 54th International Art ExhibitionLa Biennale di Venezia, VeniceGroup
2011Hold OnGallery Maskara, MumbaiGroup
2011Untitled (painting) and Tulsa, 1968: A film by Larry ClarkLuhring Augustine Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2010Josh Smith - Solo ShowMassimo De Carlo Milan, MilanSolo
2010Yotta PaintingsMassimo De Carlo Milan, MilanGroup
2010Salad DaysThe Journal Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2010Public Private Paintings. 2000-2010: 10 jaar schilderkunst uit publieke en privécollecties in Vlaanderen en BrusselKunstmuseum Aan Zee, OostendeGroup
2010Public Private PaintingsMu.ZEE, OostendeGroup
20102000-2010 a celebration of 10 year for the GalleryGalerie Catherine Bastide, BrusselsGroup
2010When do you see yourself in ten years?Standard (Oslo), OsloGroup
2010The Rise of Rad – The Influence of the Urethane Revolution Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CAGroup
2010About UsJohann König, BerlinGroup
2010You Were ThereRachel Uffner Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2010Barbaric Freedom Simon Lee Gallery, LondonGroup
2010Alpha OmegaDeste Foundation for Contemporary Art, AthensGroup
2010TWENTY FIVELuhring Augustine Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2010Sophie von Hellerman & Josh SmithMDD - Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, DeurleGroup
2010Collection 3 - Fondation pour L'Art ContemporaionClaudine et Jean-Marc Salomon, AlexGroup
2010Claude Rutault - L’exposition continue (écho)Cneai, ChatouGroup
2010FAXPara Site Art Space, Hong KongGroup
2010FAXTorrance Art Museum, Torrance, CAGroup
2009Who Am IDe Hallen, HaarlemSolo
2009On The WaterDeitch Projects - 76 Grand Street, New York City, NYSolo
2009Josh Smith: PaintingsHiromi Yoshii Gallery, TokyoSolo
2009Josh Smith Centre d'Art Contemporain Geneve, GenevaSolo
2009Josh Smith - CurrentsLuhring Augustine Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2009I'm Not YouAir de Paris, ParisSolo
2009FAXPlug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, ManitobaGroup
2009We are sun kissed and snow blindGalerie Patrick Seguin, ParisGroup
2009Learn to Read Art: A History of Printed MatterMoMA PS1, New York City, NYGroup
2009Access All Areas - a drawing exhibitionGalerie Max Hetzler, BerlinGroup
2009Josh Smith & Sophie von HellermannLe Consortium, DijonGroup
2009FAXContemporary Museum, Baltimore, Baltimore, MDGroup
2009Jettison: New Ideas in AbstractionTrahern Gallery at Austin Peay State University,Clarksville, TNGroup
2009TOP 10 ALLEGORIESGalerie Francesca Pia, ZurichGroup
2009Saks Summer ShowSAKS, GenevaGroup
2009LEARN TO READ ART: A History of Printed MatterBadischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe Group
2009The living and the deadGavin Brown's Enterprise, New York City, NYGroup
2009My Summer Show Galerie Lelong - New York, NY Group
2009Abstractionists Unite! Who Give you Just Enough To Last A LifetimeThe Glendale College Art Gallery, Glendale, CAGroup
2009Cave PaintingPSM Gallery, BerlinGroup
2009Jonathan Viner's Furniture ShowJonathan Viner Gallery, LondonGroup
2009Practice, Practice, PracticeLora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TXGroup
2009The Generational Triennial: Younger Than JesusThe New Museum Triennial, New York City, NYGroup
2009A Wild Night and a New Road Altman Siegel Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2008Josh SmithGalerie Catherine Bastide, BrusselsSolo
2008Josh SmithGalerie Eva Presenhuber, ZurichSolo
2008Josh Smith- Hidden DartsMuseum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig - MUMOK , ViennaSolo
2008Peanut GalleryThe Journal Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2008We Have Never Met Before [...]Standard (Oslo), OsloGroup
2008Fair MarketRental Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2008Painting Now and Forever Part IIGreene Naftali, New York City, NYGroup
2008Standard SizesAndrew Kreps Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2008Meet Me Around the Corner - Works from the Astrup Fearnley CollectionAstrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, OsloGroup
2008Blasted AllegoriesKunstmuseum Luzern, LucerneGroup
2008Murder LettersGaleria Filomena Soares, Lisbon Group
2008Book ShelfMoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NYGroup
2008Recent Acquisitions, Gifts, and Works from Various Exhibitions 1985-2007White Columns,New York City, NYGroup
2008Schwarz und Weiss AusstellungNeue Alte Brücke, FrankfurtGroup
2008Accidental ModernismLeslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York City, NYGroup
2007Josh Smith: Fortescue AvenueJonathan Viner Gallery, LondonSolo
2007Josh SmithLuhring Augustine Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2007Josh Smith - Unstable IdeasStandard (Oslo), OsloSolo
2007Uncertain States of AmericaGalerie Rudolfinum, PragueGroup
2007USA Today The Saatchi Gallery, London Group
2007USA Today: New American Art from The Saatchi GalleryThe State Hermitage Museum, St. PetersburgGroup
2007The third mindPalais de Tokyo, ParisGroup
20079e Biennale de Lyon 2007La Biennale de Lyon, LyonGroup
2007Paintings, Props and Problems (Still Unresolved)Standard (Oslo), OsloGroup
2007Off modernLe Confort Moderne, PoitiersGroup
2007Off ModernLa Station, NiceGroup
2007Ncertain States Of AmericaMusée Régional D'Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon,SérignanGroup
2007Genesis I´m SorryGreene Naftali, New York City, NYGroup
2007What we do is secretBlancpain Art Contemporain, GenevaGroup
2007Prague Biennale 3Prague Biennale, PragueGroup
2007Beneath the UnderdogGagosian Gallery , New York City, NYGroup
2007Conditions of DisplayLocust Projects, Miami, FLGroup
2007Painting as Fact - Fact as FictionDe Pury & Luxembourg, ZurichGroup
2007Der FickerJonathan Viner Gallery, LondonGroup
2007UNCERTAIN STATES OF AMERICACentre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, WarsawGroup
2007Uncertain States of America - HEARTHerning Museum of Contemporary Art, HerningGroup
2007For the People of ParisSutton Lane, ParisGroup
2007Carnegie Art Award 2006Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, CopenhagenGroup
2007What glue do you use?Galerie Carlos Cardenas, ParisGroup
2006Josh SmithSkestos Gabriele Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
2006Josh Smith - Solo ShowSusanne Hilberry Gallery, Ferndale, MISolo
2006Josh Smith - Group ShowEva Svennung - Air de Paris, ParisSolo
2006Josh Smith - Standard Norwegian ShowStandard (Oslo), OsloSolo
2006Josh SmithGalerie Catherine Bastide, BrusselsSolo
2006Josh Smith - Dial “J” For JoshPower House Memphis, Memphis, TNSolo
2006Under PressureArt:Concept, ParisGroup
2006USA TodayRoyal Academy of Arts, LondonGroup
2006The Kate ShowFoam Fotografiemuseum, AmsterdamGroup
2006Uncertain States of AmericaSerpentine Gallery, LondonGroup
2006Bill Saylor, Josh SmithHiromi Yoshii Gallery, TokyoGroup
2006POSTERHydra School Project, HydraGroup
2006UNCERTAIN STATES OF AMERICA - American Art in the 3rd MillenniumHessel Museum of Art & Center for Curatorial Studies Galleries at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NYGroup
2006PaperSkestos Gabriele Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2006Hold That ElevatorButridge Gallery at Dougherty Arts Center, Austin, TXGroup
2006Gedi Sibony & Josh SmithHarris Lieberman Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2006Take OneMFAH - Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TXGroup
2006The Dimes of MarchReena Spaulings Fine Art, New York City, NYGroup
2006Slow BurnMitterrand+cramer, art advisory, Geneva Group
2006In DialogueElizabeth Dee Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2005Josh Smith Jonathan Viner Gallery, LondonSolo
2005Josh Smith - Solo ExhibitTaxter & Spengemann, New York City, NYSolo
2005KIOSK:' Modes Of Multiplicaation ' & Liam Gillick - ‘Edgar Schmitz’ICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts London, LondonGroup
2005PaintingsSusanne Hilberry Gallery, Ferndale, MIGroup
2005Uncertain States of America - American Art in the 3rd MillenniumAstrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, OsloGroup
2005Rupture des évidencesLe Confort Moderne, PoitiersGroup
2005InterstateNicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2005Lynda Benglis, The Center For Land Use Interpretation, Dan Colen, Gino De Dominicis, Jeremy Deller, Sam Durant, Lucio FNicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2005I'm a child of divorceCynthia Broan Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2005NY TWICE 2Air de Paris, ParisGroup
2005NY TWICE 1Air de Paris, ParisGroup
2005New York´s FinestCanada, New York City, NYGroup
2005POST MoDERNGreene Naftali, New York City, NYGroup
2004Me, Myself & ISchmidt Center Gallery & Ritter Art Gallery, Boca Raton, FLGroup
2004RimbaudI-20 Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
200325th International Biennial of Graphic ArtsLjubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, LjubljanaGroup
2003Josh Smith & Janaina TschäpeGalerie Catherine Bastide, BrusselsGroup