Josh Smith

Galerie Catherine Bastide

To be invited to Brussels for one’s first solo exhibition when one was born and bred in Tennessee and lives in New York is one of the odd happenstances that always seem to befall Josh Smith, a young painter who for several years now has mostly painted a single subject: his name. From painting to painting, the letters that make up “Josh Smith” are extended, shortened, twisted, melted, or broken down until signifying nothing but meaninglessness itself: a clever and very sensible way of dealing with the question of subject, in all senses of the term.

This first exhibition presented eight paintings of average size (sixty by forty-eight inches) and twelve small ones (eighteen by fourteen inches), all made over the past two years. This is only a sampling, however, of the work of an extremely prolific artist. For example, at the end of his stay in Brussels, Smith bought a beef heart, which he then

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