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David Zwirner Gallery

Emo Jungle

  • Josh Smith

Press for Emo Jungle

Current Exhibitions at David Zwirner Gallery


Anni Albers

  • Anni Albers,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2019
  • Closes: Oct. 19, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Sound I Saw

  • Roy DeCarava,
  • Opens: Sep. 05, 2019
  • Closes: Oct. 26, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 05, 2019
  • Hours: 5 - 7pm
  • Admission: free

Light Break

  • Roy DeCarava,
  • Opens: Sep. 05, 2019
  • Closes: Oct. 26, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 05, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Dangerous Liaisons

  • Chris Ofili,
  • Opens: May. 01, 2019
  • Closes: Jul. 19, 2019
  • Reception: May. 01, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Emo Jungle

  • Josh Smith
  • Opens: Apr. 25, 2019
  • Closes: Jul. 19, 2019
  • Reception: Apr. 25, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

I carry my landscapes around with me

  • Joan Mitchell,
  • Opens: May. 03, 2019
  • Closes: Jul. 12, 2019
  • Reception: May. 03, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

After Reinhardt

  • Sherrie Levine,
  • Opens: Feb. 28, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 20, 2019
  • Reception: Feb. 28, 2019
  • Hours: 5 - 7pm
  • Admission: free

Freedom

  • Alice Neel,
  • Opens: Feb. 26, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 13, 2019
  • Reception: Feb. 26, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

God Made My Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin

  • Njideka Akunyili Crosby,
  • Diane Arbus,
  • Richard Avedon,
  • Alvin Baltrop,
  • Beauford Delaney,
  • Marlene Dumas,
  • Ja'Tovia Gary,
  • Glenn Ligon,
  • Alice Neel,
  • Cameron Rowland,
  • Kara Walker,
  • James Welling,
  • Opens: Jan. 10, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 16, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Monumental Practice

  • Charles White,
  • Opens: Jan. 08, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 16, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Untitled

  • Diane Arbus,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 15, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Babie Brood: Small Paintings 1985–2018

  • Lisa Yuskavage,
  • Opens: Nov. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 15, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 08, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Paintings

  • Lisa Yuskavage,
  • Opens: Nov. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 15, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 08, 2018
  • Hours: 5 - 7pm
  • Admission: free

A Selection of Works from Galerie 1900-2000

  • Berenice Abbott,
  • Johannes Baargeld,
  • Hans Bellmer,
  • Joaquín Edwards Bello,
  • Victor Brauner,
  • André Breton,
  • Paul Citroen,
  • René Crevel,
  • Salvador Dalí,
  • Robert Desnos,
  • Oscar Domínguez,
  • Marcel Duchamp,
  • Nusch Éluard,
  • Paul Éluard,
  • Max Ernst,
  • Arshile Gorky,
  • Jindřich Heisler,
  • Hannah Höch,
  • Heinrich Hoffmann,
  • Georges Hugnet,
  • Germaine Hugnet,
  • Valentine Hugo,
  • Wifredo Lam,
  • René Magritte,
  • André Masson,
  • Roberto Matta,
  • Joan Miró,
  • Max Morise,
  • Paul Nougé,
  • Francis Picabia,
  • Jackson Pollock,
  • Man Ray,
  • Hans Richter,
  • Jeannette Tanguy,
  • Yves Tanguy,
  • Tristan Tzara,
  • Raoul Ubac,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 27, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

How likely is it that only I am right in this matter?

  • Wolfgang Tillmans,
  • Opens: Sep. 13, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 20, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 13, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Endless Enigma: Eight Centuries of Fantastic Art

  • Giuseppe Arcimboldo,
  • Herri met de Bles,
  • Hieronymus Bosch,
  • Piero di Cosimo,
  • Titian,
  • Damiano Cappelli,
  • Pietro Novelli,
  • Salvator Rosa,
  • William Blake,
  • James Ensor,
  • Francisco Goya,
  • Gustave Moreau,
  • Odilon Redon,
  • James Ward,
  • Eileen Agar,
  • Jean Arp,
  • Louise Bourgeois,
  • Salvador Dalí,
  • Giorgio de Chirico,
  • Marcel Duchamp,
  • Max Ernst,
  • Leonor Fini,
  • Robert Gober,
  • José Gutiérrez Solana,
  • Sherrie Levine,
  • René Magritte,
  • Roberto Matta,
  • Pablo Picasso,
  • Wallace Putnam,
  • Man Ray,
  • Kay Sage,
  • Yves Tanguy,
  • Luc Tuymans,
  • Lisa Yuskavage,
  • Group show,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 27, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 12, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

This Is Not a Prop

  • Alex Da Corte,
  • Jonathas de Andrade,
  • Felix Gonzalez-Torres,
  • Jonah Groeneboer,
  • Gordon Hall,
  • Hannah Levy,
  • Donald Moffett,
  • Paulo Nazareth,
  • Elle Pérez Oren Pinhassi,
  • Christina Quarles,
  • Paul Mpagi Sepuya,
  • Franz West,
  • Opens: Jun. 27, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 03, 2018
  • Reception: Jun. 27, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Riverboat song

  • Jordan Wolfson,
  • Opens: May. 02, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 23, 2018
  • Reception: May. 02, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Myths & Mortals

  • Marlene Dumas,
  • Opens: Apr. 28, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 30, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 28, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sky Energy

  • Isa Genzken,
  • Opens: Feb. 22, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 14, 2018
  • Reception: Feb. 22, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

in daylight or cool white

  • Dan Flavin,
  • Opens: Feb. 21, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 14, 2018
  • Reception: Feb. 21, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Herbert Ferber | Mark Rothko

  • Herbert Ferber,
  • Mark Rothko,
  • Opens: Feb. 20, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 14, 2018
  • Reception: Feb. 20, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

David Zwirner: 25 Years

  • Tomma Abts,
  • Anni Albers,
  • Josef Albers,
  • Francis Alÿs,
  • Mamma Andersson,
  • Lucas Arruda,
  • Ruth Asawa,
  • Michaël Borremans,
  • Carol Bove,
  • R. Crumb,
  • Raoul De Keyser,
  • Philip-Lorca diCorcia,
  • Stan Douglas,
  • Marlene Dumas,
  • Marcel Dzama,
  • William Eggleston,
  • Dan Flavin,
  • Suzan Frecon,
  • Isa Genzken,
  • Felix Gonzalez-Torres,
  • Donald Judd,
  • On Kawara,
  • Toba Khedoori,
  • Jeff Koons,
  • Yayoi Kusama,
  • Sherrie Levine,
  • Kerry James Marshall,
  • Gordon Matta-Clark,
  • John McCracken,
  • Giorgio Morandi,
  • Oscar Murillo,
  • Alice Neel,
  • Jockum Nordstöm,
  • Chris Ofili,
  • Palermo,
  • Raymond Pettibon,
  • Sigmar Polke,
  • Neo Rauch,
  • Ad Reinhardt,
  • Jason Rhoades,
  • Bridget Riley,
  • Thomas Ruff,
  • Fred Sandback,
  • Jan Schoonhoven,
  • Richard Serra,
  • Josh Smith
  • Al Taylor,
  • Diana Thater,
  • Wolfgang Tillmans,
  • Luc Tuymans,
  • James Welling,
  • Franz West,
  • Doug Wheeler,
  • Christopher Williams,
  • Jordan Wolfson,
  • Rose Wylie,
  • Yun Hyong-keun,
  • Lisa Yuskavage,
  • Opens: Jan. 13, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 13, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Infinity Nets

  • Yayoi Kusama,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sculpture and Drawings

  • Richard Serra,
  • Opens: Nov. 04, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 16, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 04, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Festival of Life

  • Yayoi Kusama,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 16, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Recent Oil Paintings

  • Suzan Frecon,
  • Opens: Sep. 14, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 14, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 14, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Blue Paintings

  • Ad Reinhardt,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ruth Asawa

  • Ruth Asawa,
  • Opens: Sep. 13, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 13, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paradise Lost

  • Chris Ofili,
  • Opens: Sep. 14, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 14, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paintings on Paper

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jun. 26, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 15, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Equal

  • Richard Serra,
  • Opens: May. 01, 2015
  • Closes: Jul. 24, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

PeaRoeFoam

  • Jason Rhoades,
  • Opens: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 18, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Lisa Yuskavage

  • Lisa Yuskavage,
  • Opens: Apr. 23, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 13, 2015
  • Reception: May. 23, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Selections from The Kramarsky Collection

  • Group show,
  • Opens: May. 02, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 20, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Group Show No Problem: Cologne/New York 1984-1989

  • Werner Büttner,
  • George Condo,
  • Walter Dahn,
  • Jiri Georg Dokoupil,
  • Peter Fischli/David Weiss,
  • Günther Förg,
  • Robert Gober,
  • Georg Herold,
  • Jenny Holzer,
  • Mike Kelley,
  • Martin Kippenberger,
  • Jeff Koons,
  • Barbara Kruger,
  • Sherrie Levine,
  • Albert Oehlen,
  • Raymond Pettibon,
  • Richard Prince,
  • Cindy Sherman,
  • Rosemarie Trockel,
  • Franz West,
  • Christopher Wool,
  • Opens: May. 02, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 14, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Mercantile Novel

  • Oscar Murillo,
  • Opens: Apr. 24, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 14, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Christopher Williams

  • Christopher Williams,
  • Opens: Nov. 06, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2014
  • Reception: Nov. 06, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

At the Well

  • Neo Rauch,
  • Opens: Nov. 06, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2014
  • Reception: Nov. 06, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Franz West

  • Franz West,
  • Opens: Nov. 06, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 13, 2014
  • Reception: Nov. 06, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Tomma Abts

  • Tomma Abts,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 25, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Une Danse des Bouffons (A Jester's Dance)

  • Marcel Dzama,
  • Opens: Sep. 09, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 25, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 09, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Give Me Love

  • Yayoi Kusama,
  • Opens: May. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 13, 2015
  • Reception: May. 09, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Give Me Love

  • Yayoi Kusama,
  • Opens: May. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 13, 2015
  • Reception: May. 09, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Pet Stains, Puddles, and Full Gospel Neckless

  • Al Taylor,
  • Opens: Jan. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 14, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 09, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Behind the Curtain

  • Mamma Andersson,
  • Opens: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 14, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Jan Schoonhoven

  • Jan Schoonhoven,
  • Opens: Jan. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 14, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 09, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Science, Fiction

  • Diana Thater,
  • Opens: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 21, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

James Bishop

  • James Bishop,
  • Opens: Sep. 06, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 25, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 06, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Friends Seminary Auction

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Feb. 24, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 27, 2015
  • Reception: Feb. 26, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Vertical and Horizontal Reversals

  • Richard Serra,
  • Opens: Nov. 06, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Photographs

  • Stan Douglas,
  • Opens: Mar. 31, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 23, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

De Wain Valentine: Works from the 1960s and 1970s

  • De Wain Valentine,
  • Opens: Jun. 25, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 07, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Selected Works from The Democratic Forest

  • William Eggleston,
  • Opens: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 17, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

oil paintings and sun

  • Suzan Frecon,
  • Opens: Feb. 19, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 28, 2015
  • Reception: Feb. 19, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Bridget Riley

  • Bridget Riley,
  • Opens: Nov. 05, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 19, 2015
  • Reception: Nov. 05, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Drawings and Watercolors 1927-1978

  • Alice Neel,
  • Opens: Feb. 19, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 18, 2015
  • Reception: Feb. 19, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Press++

  • Thomas Ruff,
  • Opens: Mar. 31, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 30, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Corners, Barriers and Corridors

  • Dan Flavin,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 24, 2015
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

PCR

  • Wolfgang Tillmans,
  • Opens: Sep. 16, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 24, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

East of Eden

  • Philip-Lorca diCorcia,
  • Opens: Apr. 02, 2015
  • Closes: May. 02, 2015
  • Reception: Apr. 02, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Works 1973-1976

  • Palermo,
  • Opens: Feb. 26, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 11, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Drawn Together

  • Aline Kominsky-Crumb,
  • R. Crumb,
  • Opens: Jan. 12, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 18, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Yun Hyong-keun

  • Yun Hyong-keun,
  • Opens: Jan. 14, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 18, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 14, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Isa Genzken

  • Isa Genzken,
  • Opens: Sep. 16, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 31, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Energy & Abstraction

  • Gordon Matta-Clark,
  • Opens: Sep. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 24, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Donald Judd

  • Donald Judd,
  • Opens: Nov. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 19, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Drift

  • Raoul De Keyser,
  • Opens: Mar. 18, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Mar. 18, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Jordan Wolfson

  • Jordan Wolfson,
  • Opens: May. 05, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 25, 2016
  • Reception: May. 05, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Concrete Cuba

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jan. 07, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 20, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 07, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Eine Winterreise

  • Sigmar Polke,
  • Opens: May. 07, 2016
  • Closes: Jul. 22, 2016
  • Reception: May. 07, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

through patches of corn, wheat and mud

  • Oscar Murillo,
  • Opens: Sep. 14, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 22, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 14, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Vertical Instructions

  • Fred Sandback,
  • Opens: Sep. 15, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 22, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 15, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Forgetting the Hand

  • Marcel Dzama,
  • Raymond Pettibon,
  • Opens: Jan. 14, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 20, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 14, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Karla Black

  • Karla Black,
  • Opens: Feb. 27, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 26, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Cut, Folded, Pressed & Other Actions

  • Noriko Ambe,
  • Hans Bischoffshausen,
  • Enrico Castellani,
  • Célia Euvaldo,
  • Fernanda Gomes,
  • Oskar Holweck,
  • Vlatka Horvat,
  • Sol LeWitt,
  • Marco Maggi,
  • Anna Maria Maiolino,
  • Gordon Matta-Clark,
  • Eleanore Mikus,
  • Joshua Neustein,
  • Arthur Luiz Piza,
  • Fred Sandback,
  • Mira Schendel,
  • Günther Uecker,
  • Ignacio Uriarte,
  • Opens: Sep. 15, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 29, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 15, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Uptown

  • Alice Neel,
  • Opens: Feb. 23, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 22, 2017
  • Reception: Feb. 23, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

John McCracken

  • John McCracken,
  • Opens: Feb. 24, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 15, 2017
  • Reception: Feb. 24, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Early Paintings

  • Al Taylor,
  • Opens: Feb. 24, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 15, 2017
  • Reception: Feb. 24, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

EXTENDED: Felix Gonzalez-Torres

  • Felix Gonzalez-Torres,
  • Opens: Apr. 27, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 14, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 27, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Polka Dots

  • Carol Bove,
  • Opens: Nov. 05, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 17, 2016
  • Reception: Nov. 05, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

65 Works Selected by James Welling: Exhibition & Sale to Benefit the FCA

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Dec. 09, 2016
  • Closes: Jan. 28, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Thread

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jun. 24, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 27, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Llyn Foulkes

  • Llyn Foulkes,
  • Opens: Apr. 29, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 24, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 29, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

TH’ EXPLOSIYV SHOYRT T

  • Raymond Pettibon,
  • Opens: Apr. 29, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 24, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 29, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Seascape

  • James Welling,
  • Opens: Jul. 10, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 04, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Apr 25 - Jul 19, 2019

  • Reception: Apr 25, 6 - 8pm

Where

David Zwirner Gallery

  • 525 W 19th St, New York NY 10011 Map
  • 212.727.2070

About

David Zwirner is pleased to presentEmo Jungle, an exhibition of new work by American artist Josh Smith. On view in the gallery’s West 19th Street spaces in New York, the show marks the artist’s inaugural solo presentation with David Zwirner.

Since the early 2000s, Smith has developed a prolific and expansive body of painting that employs specific visual motifs as a means of exploring the potentiality of the painted surface. These visual forms, which include his name, fish, skeletons, leaves, and palm trees, among others, serve as unassuming structures through which Smith pursues his investigation of the medium, resulting in works that forthrightly present themselves to the viewer. Though fully realized as individual artworks, each painting serves as a stage in an ongoing, interrelated, and heterogeneous process of image production and experimentation, in which motifs, colors, and visuals are recycled, refined, and reimagined.

Emo Jungle features an array of new paintings by the artist, including several new "Reaper" paintings, part of an ongoing series that depicts the figure of death. Rendered in lush ribbons and fields of color, the blank, empty faces and shapeless cloaks of the reapers serve as genderless, formless ciphers for the viewer. These Reapers, several constituting the largest Smith has produced, are made additionally distinct by the unique border treatments that Smith applies. The borders allude somewhat to the artist’s interest in early American decorative wall stencils, as well as the serrated and perforated edges of postage stamps, which signify a kind of self-contained meaning or value.

Also debuting at the exhibition are paintings with entirely new motifs. One such group of works depicts a devil-like figure. Smith represents this character with a paintbrush, reaching to the corners and margins of the canvases, self-reflexively painting himself into the compositions. "Human Animals" are the focus of another series, which features primate-like creatures whose long limbs seem to stretch and determine the margins of the wide rectangular works. In another prolific new series, Smith explores the form of the turtle. In these paintings, the turtles’ shells morph into palettes—open-ended surfaces of endless possibility—where Smith mixes paint and experiments with facture and color. The group is presented in its entirety, uniquely installed in the gallery’s 519 West 19th Street space, so as to emphasize the similarities and differences between the individual works. Smith chose the turtle specifically because, as he states, "it’s a boring thing that I love." Turtles, like the artist’s other motifs, remove the imperative to find meaning or be confounded by the artwork. "The meaning perhaps arises in the making," Smith explains, "leaving the viewer something purely for their visual engagement. They don’t have to be burdened with the meaning. What they’re left with is purely for them. The viewer can love it; they can hate it, but they’re not going to walk up to it and feel dumb." Throughout the gallery, Smith has installed groups of ceramic traffic cones, a form that extends his formal interests into the sculptural realm.

Smith will debut several new groups of monotypes that will be presented as part of an online Viewing Room. These unique monotypes, made through a refined printing process that involves pressing a painted plate against paper, constitute another mode through which Smith explores the nuances and possibilities of his imagery. The resulting works are intricate, variegated surfaces in which the pressed layers of paint interact with the material qualities of the various cotton and plastic papers he selects, resulting in diverse effects.


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