Josh Smith

1976 · United States

Artist biography

Josh Smith is an established mid-career artist, who originates from the United States, like other well-known artists such as Matthew Porter, Honoré Sharrer, Marie Cosindas, Robert Mangold, and John Himmelfarb. Josh Smith was born in 1976.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Josh Smith's work is on display in several galleries around the world, in countries like the United Kingdom, France, and Italy. Galleries include Massimo De Carlo | London in the United Kingdom, Galerie Xavier Hufkens in Belgium, and mfc - michèle didier in France. Josh Smith's work has most recently been exhibited at Annka Kultys Gallery | London in the United Kingdom (23 September 2018 until 03 October 2018) with the exhibition DESIRE OF THE OTHER. Josh Smith's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; Solo Exhibition (06 June 2019 - 12 July 2019) at Galerie Xavier Hufkens in Brussels and MCMXXXIV (08 March 2019 - 12 July 2019) at Massimo De Carlo | Lombardia in Milan. Josh Smith's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called There Is No Alas Where I Live and took place at Jenkins Johnson Gallery | San Francisco in the United States from the 14 December 2017 to 27 January 2018.

Josh Smith in private collections

On Artland Josh Smith's artworks can be found in the collection of Charles Riva Collection, Jimenez -Colon Collection, and Daniel Kutz, who for instance also has works by other artists including Shahnaz Aghayeva, Michael Staniak, and Peter Halley.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been key in the evolution of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war era, when the cultural status of New York asserted its influence over Paris, formerly considered as the most powerful art centre globally. Major art movements developed and cultivated in significant ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in varied forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variants, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus a multitude of post-modern echoes of these many types. In the modern and contemporary era, the United States has exercised a strong influence upon the worldwide visual culture, due to the hegemony of its economic and political structures. Key examples of important U.S artists of the modern and contemporary period include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Josh Smith

Josh Smith was born in 1976 and was primarily influenced creatively by the 1990s growing up. A collective of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a diverse collective of practitioners. A number of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most renowned member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became famous for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was rebellious yet commercial. Due to the high amount of media coverage that they garnered, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of making art based on human relations and their social context, became a central idea in the 1990s. Works by artists such as Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as key artists who worked to this agenda.

Josh Smith

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