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François Pinault to Convert Paris’s Bourse de Commerce Into Massive Art Museum

June 27th, 2017

Bourse de Commerce, via The GuardianFrançois Pinault and architect Tadao Ando are teaming up to convert Paris’s Bourse de commerce into a massive art museum, The Guardian reports.  The new exhibition site will serve as a permanent home for the luxury goods magnate’s €1.25 billion art collection.  “These are tumultuous times in Europe – the recurring terrorist incidents and the UK withdrawal from the EU have fueled anxiety over what the future holds, and countries and people alike seem unsure of their own identities,” Ando said of the project, hoping that it might “renew hope in the future.”
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The Guardian Tours Renzo Piano-Designed Centro Botin Gallery

June 27th, 2017

Centro Botin, via The GuardianThe Guardian takes a tour of the Centro Botin in Santander, Spain this week, the recently completed art gallery designed by Renzo Piano, which has already earned praise for its daring architectural design, levitating 20 feet above ground on a series of slender pillars.  “From the very beginning, I wanted the building to fly,” Piano says of his design.
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Ai Weiwei Interviewed in New Yorker Podcast

June 27th, 2017

ai-weiwei-via-nytArtist Ai Weiwei is featured in a podcast with the New Yorker’s David Remnick this week, as the artist reflects on his recent projects in the United States and Europe, and his political agency in both China and abroad.  “The whole thing is so ridiculous,” he says of the Chinese government’s seizing of his passport. “Right after I got my passport I left because they said I was free… I want to test them, to make them know I am not afraid.”
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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.