Jack Shainman Gallery to Mount First Paul Anthony Smith Show in April

Paul Anthony Smith, Junction, 2018.


Next up at Jack Shainman in New York is a doubleheader.

Beginning April 4, both of the dealer’s Chelsea spaces will host “Junction,” a solo show by Jamaican-born, Brooklyn-based artist Paul Anthony Smith. It will be his first outing with the gallery, which he joined in October.

The exhibition, which runs through May 11, will offer a look at the post-colonial Caribbean by way of Smith’s signature work in what he terms “picotage,” which involves his putting down tiny dots atop photographs, often of people, thereby constructing forms that are reminiscent of modernist architecture and design.

“ ‘Junction’ is the culmination of work exploring both my own personal history, as well as our culture’s shifting notions of belonging,” Smith said by email. “Using the ‘picotage’ process in my prints allows me to distort the surface of photographs, resulting in images that challenge the belief that a photograph must tell objective truths about one’s past.”

Last year, Smith appeared in the Open Spaces biennial that was organized by Dan Cameron in Kansas City, and he’s had solo shows at Atlanta Contemporary, the Green Gallery in Milwaukee, and Real Art Ways in Hartford, Connecticut. He is included in the touring “Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth.” exhibition, organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, which is currently on view at the California African American Museum.

“Paul’s practice defies any easy categorization, representing an uncompromising portrait of the Caribbean diaspora,” Shainman told ARTnews. “In this moment, where borders have become both loaded and reduced in our shared political dialogue, Paul’s work infuses them with much needed complexity and grace.”

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