“Fervent Repetition”

josh smith

An installation view of Josh Smith’s exhibition “Emo Jungle” at David Zwirner. His colorful Reaper paintings are the best in the show, our critic says. Credit via David Zwirner.

… Josh Smith… degrades and celebrates his medium through the relentless yet fervent repetition of a selected motif. [He] tends to work fast and a trifle sloppily, until a certain image becomes second nature, a template. This automatism opens the door to incessant variations in brushwork, background and, above all, color… The visual deluge of this terrific if vexatious show meditates on painting as object, performance, psychic communication, pleasure and, yes, salable product.

(“New York Art Galleries: What To See Right Now,” NYTimes, 5-16-19)

(c) 2019 JMN

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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