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James Cohan Gallery Now Represents Josiah McElheny

Josiah McElheny, Crystal Landscape Painting (Rocks), 2017, handblown cut, polished, and mirrored glass, transparent and low-iron mirror, grey mirror, painted steel, electric lighting, wood and hardware.


James Cohan Gallery, which has locations in New York’s Chelsea and Lower East Side neighborhoods, now represents Josiah McElheny, the sculptor known for his work about the physical properties of glass and light. His work was previously shown in New York at Andrea Rosen Gallery, which represented him before it announced last year that it would no longer represent living artists.

McElheny’s nearly translucent sculptures draw on a history of artists interested in light, the cosmos, and industrial materials, from Hilma af Klint to Robert Smithson. He aims to use what he calls “the reflective” as a medium, and in doing so, he explores the connection between people and objects—viewers can often see their own image in the mirror-like surfaces of his pieces. Some of his recent works are currently on view in a solo exhibition at Rice University’s Moody Center for the Arts in Houston, Texas.

McElheny, who is based in New York, joins a slate that includes Michelle Grabner, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Byron Kim, the estate of Robert Smithson, Bill Viola, and Xu Zhen, among others.

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