Josiah McElheny

Josiah McElheny: Paintings

Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

September 10 - October 24, 2015

Blue Prism Painting V, 2015

Projection Painting I, 2015

The Past Was A Mirage I'd Left Far Behind, 2011-2012

The Alpine Cathedral and the City-Crown, 2007

The Alpine Cathedral and the City-Crown, 2007

Crystalline Landscape after Hablik and Luckhardt III, 2011 - 2012

Josiah McElheny: Towards a Light Club

Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH

January 26 – April 7, 2013

Model for a Film Set (The Light Spa at the Bottom of a Mine), 2008

The Light Club of Vizcaya - A Woman's Picture, 2012

Bruno Taut's Monument to Socialist Spirituality (After Mies van der Rohe), 2009

Bruno Taut on Mies van der Rohe (1922), i, 2009

"Chromatic Modernism (Yellow, Red, Blue)", 2008

Charlotte Perriand (and Carlos Scarpa), Red, 2009

"Aino Aalto (and Tapio Wirkkala), Yellow", 2009

if you lived here, you'd be home by now

Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

June 25 - December 18, 2011

Some thoughts about the abstract body

Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

May 19 - June 30, 2012

Models for an abstract body (after McQueen), 2012

Walking Mirror 2, 2012

"From an Historical Anecdote about Fashion", 2000

The Club for Modern Fashions, 2013

Three Screens for Looking at Abstraction, 2012

Island Universe, 2008

Study for The Center Is Everywhere, 2012

Some Pictures of the Infinite, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, 2012

Verzelini's Acts of Faith (Glass from Paintings of the Life of Christ), 1996

Endless Repeating Twentieth Century Modernism, 2007

Twentieth Century Modernism, Mirrored and Reflected Infinitely, 2006

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Twentieth Century Modernism, Mirrored and Reflected Infinitely, 2006

The Metal Party: Reconstructing a Party held in Dessau on February 9, 1929, 2001

Through sculpture, writing, performance, and film, Josiah McElheny investigates the history of twentieth-century modernism in hopes of expanding on the dominant historical narratives of art, aesthetics, design, and architecture, and the criticality of our relationship to them. Recognized for his conceptually rigorous approach, and a physical mastery of materials, such as glass, McElheny explores vastly-ranging topics from astronomical cosmology and the infinite, to under-recognized artists or oeuvres, including the visionary abstraction of Hilma af Klint, Blinky Palermo’s wall paintings, and Robert Smithson’s crystalline sculptures. His practice mines the past to lay the groundwork for a path forward, giving a glimpse into not only what could have been, but visions for what might be.

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