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Ai Weiwei Opens Major Project in New York

October 16th, 2017

Ai Weiwei, via NYTAi Weiwei’s landmark public art project Good Fences Make Good Neighbors has opened in New York, with massive fence sculptures erected across New York. “New York is a city I spent 10 years in,” Ai says of his history with the city. “I was quite hesitant [to do a project here] because I love [New York] so much, it’s not easy for me to just put a simple sculpture in the city … I had to do something to pay back my respect, my love.”
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Alex Katz Does Cover for New York Magazine

October 16th, 2017

Alex Katz, via NYMAlex Katz has provided the illustration for the 50th anniversary issue of New York Magazine, drawing a series of subway riders in a stripped down approach. “Alex Katz made drawings of people on the subway in the 1940s when he was a student on his way to Cooper Union,” says Magazine photography director Jody Quon. “We wanted to see if he would revisit the experience of doing the subway drawings.” 
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United States Withdrawing from Unesco

October 15th, 2017

UNESCO, via NYTCiting an “anti-Israel bias,” the United States will withdraw from Unesco, the United Nations cultural organization, the New York Times reports. “Universality is critical to Unesco’s mission to strengthen international peace and security in the face of hatred and violence, to defend human rights and dignity,” says Unesco director Irina Bokova.
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

Josh Smith

b. 1976
Lives and works in:

New York, NY

Represented by:

Luhring Augustine, New York

Education includes:

Miami University, Oxford, OH
University of Tennessee BFA, Knoxville, TN

Smith is an abstract artist who has received press for his tendency to incorporate his own name within many of his works. Pieces can often be described as messy, like 2004’s New Swamp Thing, in which red checkers ascend from the lower right corner of the painting, obscuring the artist’s name. More recently, his work has taken the form of similarly disheveled collages, incorporating newspaper clippings as well as large and obscuring paint-splatters across his work. Other works take the form of word art, like the untitled. 2006 piece which could easily be mistaken for an advertisement or handbill for London’s Serpentine Gallery, or another 2006 piece untitled, which sees his full name scrawled across a black canvas two times in ghostly-white paint.