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Josh Smith


Lot Closed

July 21, 04:37 PM GMT


20,000 - 30,000 USD

Lot Details


Josh Smith



dated 2013 on the reverse

oil on panel

18 by 12 in.  (45.7 by 30.4 cm.)

Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York 

Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2016

“The palm trees in Brooklyn—simultaneously recalling motel art, which is to say kitsch, and Munch, with anxiety percolating in every picture, sometimes to the point of hysteria—play out pictorially what the Manhattan show adumbrated conceptually. The trees are almost Halloween horrors; they reach out menacingly and/or comically, Walt Disney does Mulholland Drive. Trees of death à la Friedrich or Böcklin? The sublime relocates to Venice Beach. But the brilliantly, dreadfully colored sunsets enfold everything from Richter-ish abstractions to creepy clown faces; I saw lots of peering eyes and liver-lipped smiles. Dirty hands reach down from the tequila sunrise to drag us back to the beach.”

David Rimanelli, “New York Reviews: Josh Smith,” ARTFORUM, December 2013