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Josh Smith <!---->
Edited by Beatrix Ruf.

Published with Ringier AG.
published in 2009
English edition
17 x 22 cm (softcover)
232 pages (232 color ill.)
€32.00
ISBN: 978-3-03764-035-7
EAN: 9783037640357
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In this book, very simply designed by the artist, with no texts, the reproduction of the art images is just as important as the works themselves. The visibility of pixels, the blurred brushstrokes, the glare of a flash reflecting on the surface of paint, or smudged xerox effects are all part of the work. Rather than highligting the process of painting, the artist is highlighting the process of art reproduction, in a reversal not dissimilar to his approach of painting itself.
Josh Smith (*1978, lives and works in New York) has recently gained a wide acclaim for paintings that seem to turn Abstract Expressionism into cartoon-like forms of appropriation. He first became known for the works in which he used his name as a motif on the canvas, an ironic act of self marketing. His later "abstractions" and "palettes" further demonstrated his ability to collage manual imput and mechanical reproduction, challenging the notions of creation.
In a world of incessant flows, products, and images, Smith succeeds in offering an alternative flow that serves to break the repetition of the same. Authenticity is not to be sought in a triumphant subjectivity whose return would be signaled through signature and expressiveness, but in a frenzied search whereby subject and work are constantly co-produced and modified.

See also Josh Smith & Sophie von Hellermann.