Josh Smith @ David Zwirner
“This is a gallery show for a gallery that’s not physically accessible because of our collective isolation.” — Josh Smith
Living in NYC has always driven my passion and creativity. Artists like Josh Smith must feel the same way. The city is the most recognizable in the world. New York is a megacity. New York is a cultural icon in the eyes of the world. The Empire state building, Yankee Stadium, The Plaza Hotel, Brooklyn Bridge, New York is always and forever a subject artists will explore. Its influence is inevitable. Standing in the middle of any street in Manhattan at 2AM has so much emotional force it’s not hard to write, New York is the greatest city on earth.
Featured on the rooftop of his studio, Josh Smith presents new paintings in an exclusive online exhibition. The paintings are a series highlighting Smith’s Brooklyn neighborhood where he is locked down. It’s buildings and empty streets painted in a colorful, fun, style during the Covid-19 pandemic.
I like these paintings. On Instagram, I click on hashtags and look at photographs of empty street scenes once filled with bodies. Smith captures the current mood in the street. The narrative is clear; No one is outside at the moment because of a killer virus, but the streets with its buildings is still beautiful.