After six solo exhibitions with Luhring Augustine, Josh Smith, the painter known for his brushy images of nature and signs, is no longer on the New York gallery’s roster. The artist and the gallery “parted ways,” according to a staffer at Luhring Augustine. His work had been a staple at Luhring Augustine, where he had, over the years, shown a scrappy series of monochromes and a group of “Stage Paintings,” in which he scrawled his own name on a canvases and placed them under lamps. A Fauvism-inspired series of grim reaper paintings by Smith could be seen earlier this year at Standard in Norway.
Sanya Kantarovsky, meanwhile, will now be represented by Luhring Augustine. The Russian-born painter, who previously showed with New York’s Casey Kaplan gallery, is known for his stylish portraits of slender people in abstract surroundings. In addition to showing his art around New York, Kantarovsky recently curated an exhibition at Metro Pictures.
Kantarovsky joins a roster that includes Larry Clark, Ragnar Kjartansson, Simone Leigh, Daido Moriyama, and Rachel Whiteread, among others. The staffer at Luhring Augustine confirmed that Kantarovsky, who will have an exhibition at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin in November, will present his first show with the gallery in the spring of 2019.