The artist Josh Smith, who is known for brushy, free-wheeling paintings of palm trees, leaves, fish, his signature, and stop signs that he seems to whip out with exuberant abandon, has joined the roster of David Zwirner, the powerhouse dealership with numerous spaces in Manhattan, one in London, and another opening in Hong Kong in January.
Smith, who is also a relentless maker of prints, publications, ceramics, and other types of sculpture (sturdy little stages outfitted with lights and a canvas bearing his name, most memorably), shared the following statement through Zwirner:
“I make art for myself, to see what it will look like. I also effectively let viewers, myself included, take or leave what they want. The message is indefinable, but the gist of it is; we are alive, and here together….Here is a group of painted poems, if you like…take a look and absorb what you want from them.”
Earlier this year, a staffer at the New York gallery Luhring Augustine, where the artist had six solo shows between 2007 and 2015, said that the artist and the gallery had “parted ways.”
Smith has shows on tap next year with Massimo De Carlo in London and Galerie Eva Presenhuber in New York.
The news comes as Zwirner continues steadily to add to its roster of artists, with the estates of Ruth Asawa and Félix González-Torres coming on board over the past year.