Josh Smith. Untitled. 2007

Josh Smith Untitled 2007

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Over the last decade, Smith has emerged as a prolific producer of abstract paintings, collages, prints, and artist’s books. His work has an expressionistic quality but, he has explained, it is “not just pure and free but somehow justified and logical.” He creates his projects through a process of recycling motifs—such as the fish in the print on view here—and reusing parts of his own past work. The bookcase, for example, is filled with twenty-eight of Smith’s photocopied, hand-bound, limited-edition artist’s books. While the format of the bookcase recalls an encyclopedia set, the volumes are utilized not for their contents but rather as the support for a painting. The painting across the books’ spines differs on each of the fifty editions of this bookcase, turning each copy into an original.

Gallery label from Abstract Generation: Now in Print, March 15–September 2, 2013.
Medium
Bookcase containing a set of 28 artist's books
Dimensions
Overall: 10 x 24 x 6" (25.4 x 61 cm)
Publisher
Josh Smith
Printer
Josh Smith
Edition
50
Credit
Monroe Wheeler Fund
Object number
1097.2007.a-bb
Copyright
© 2020 Josh Smith
Department
Drawings and Prints

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