Josh Smith "17 Pike Street"

Josh Smith

November 3 - January 14 , 2024
17 Pike Street


WWW.WILLSHOTT is pleased to present an exhibition by New York artist Josh Smith. On view will be a large group of jewelry, the fruit of a creative collaboration between Josh Smith and jewelry designer Will Shott. Smith made a group of delicate sculptures, which were meticulously cast by experts in the diamond district. It took experimenting to learn what was possible. What came out is an innovative group of pendants and chains. The jewelry is 1:1 scale ratio.

A selection of the original sculptures will also be showcased. Everything will be presented inside of paintings. At first the exhibition will look like a painting show. It is complicated to explain but easy to see. The exhibition reflects Smith’s pursuit of new forms of expression.

Josh Smith was born in 1976 in Okinawa, Japan. Smith’s father was in the US Army, and his family moved frequently, eventually settling in East Tennessee, where the artist mostly grew up.  His work has been presented in numerous solo exhibitions at museums and arts institutions in the United States and abroad, including at the Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany (2016); Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Rome (2015); Zabludowicz Collection, London (2013); The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Greenwich, Connecticut (2011); Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève, Geneva (2009); De Hallen Haarlem, The Netherlands (2009–2010); Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna (2008); and SculptureCenter, New York (2004).  

Smith’s work has also been included in important group exhibitions, such as Before Tomorrow – Astrup Fearnley Museet 30 Years, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo (2023); Forever Young – 10 Years Museum Brandhorst, Museum Brandhorst, Munich (2019–2020); Trouble in Paradise: Collection Rattan Chadha, Kunsthal Rotterdam (2019); Publishing as an Artistic Toolbox: 1989–2017, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2017–2018); Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age, Museum Brandhorst, Munich (2015–2016), and Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna (2016); The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World, The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014–2015); The Painting Factory: Abstraction after Warhol, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2012); ILLUMInations, 54th Venice Biennale (2011); and The Generational: Younger Than Jesus, New Museum, New York (2009).   

Smith’s work is held in numerous international public collections including The Broad, Los Angeles; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Smith has lived and worked in New York since 1998.