Josiah McElheny

Art Works
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Installation view:


Josiah McElheny: Paintings

Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

September 10 - October 24, 2015

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Blue Prism Painting V
2015
Hand-formed cut and polished blue glass, low-iron mirror, blue architectural sheet glass, oak, Sumi ink
43 3/8 x 43 3/8 x 7 1/2 inches
(110.2 x 110.2 x 19.1 cm)
ARG# MJ2015-003

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Projection Painting I
2015
Projection paint on wood, museum glass, oak, Sumi ink, projector, hardware, film loop on video
50 x 64 x 9 inches
(127 x 162.6 x 22.9 cm)
endless loop
ARG# MJ2015-013

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The Past Was A Mirage I'd Left Far Behind
2011-2012
Wood, Mirror, Screen material and Projection. Seven multiple reflective screens made of mirrored glass, wood, and projection cloth. Experimental abstract films programmed to change throughout the period of one year.
dimensions variable upon installation
ARG# MJ2011-014


Installation view:
The Bloomberg Commission: Josiah McElheny
Whitechapel Gallery, London
September 7, 2011 – July 20, 2012

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The Alpine Cathedral and the City-Crown
2007
Hand-blown glass, metal, painted wood, acrylic, electric lighting
14 ft x 8 ft x 9 ft 9 in
ARG# MJ2007-001


Installation view:
Josiah McElheny: The Alpine Cathedral and The City-Crown
Moderna Museet, Stockholm
December 1, 2007 - April 13, 2008


 

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The Alpine Cathedral and the City-Crown
2007
Hand-blown glass, metal, painted wood, acrylic, electric lighting
14 ft x 8 ft x 9 ft 9 in
ARG# MJ2007-001


Installation view:
Projects 84: Josiah McElheny
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
February 12 - April 9, 2007


 

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Crystalline Landscape after Hablik and Luckhardt III
2011 - 2012
Hand-blown molded glass objects, colored sheet glass laminated to low-iron mirror, two-way mirror, glass diffuser, electric lighting, birch plywood and steel display structure
56 h. x 57 x 30 inches

(142.2 x 144.8 x 76.2 cm)
ARG# MJ2011-019

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Installation view:

Josiah McElheny: Towards a Light Club
Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
January 26 – April 7, 2013

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Model for a Film Set (The Light Spa at the Bottom of a Mine)
2008
Colored glass modules, cement, wood
37 x 37 1/2 x 68 inches
(94 x 95.3 x 172.7 cm)
ARG# MJ2008-001

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The Light Club of Vizcaya - A Women's Picture
2012
High-definition video (color, sound)

30 minutes
Edition of 5 with 2 APs
ARG# MJ2012-019.1

 

Installation view:

Josiah McElheny: Artist Project Season

The Lumber Room, Portland, Oregon

September 12 - December 7, 2013

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Bruno Taut's Monument to Socialist Spirituality (After Mies van der Rohe)
2009
Hand blown and molded glass modules, wood and hardware
105 3/4 x 75 x 55 inches

(268.6 x 190.5 x 139.7 cm)
ARG# MJ2009-001

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Bruno Taut on Mies van der Rohe (1922), i
2009
Drawing on silver gelatin photograph using color retouching pencil
23 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches (59.7 x 44.5 cm)
Edition of 4 with 1 AP
ARG# MJ2009-005

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Chromatic Modernism (Yellow, Red, Blue)
2008
Hand blown glass, colored laminated sheet glass, low iron sheet glass, anodized aluminum and electric lights
84 x 68 3/8 x 19 1/4 inches
(213.4 x 173.7 x 48.9 cm)
ARG# MJ2008-006


© Josiah McElheny

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Charlotte Perriand (and Carlos Scarpa), Red
2009
Hand blown glass, wood, metal, and polished lacquer paint
31 1/4 x 90 x 13 inches
(79.4 x 228.6 x 33 cm)
ARG# MJ2009-003

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Aino Aalto (and Tapio Wirkkala), Yellow
2009
Hand blown glass, wood, and polished lacquer paint
47 1/8 x 39 x 11 inches (119.7 x 99.1 x 27.9 cm)
ARG# MJ2009-004

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

curated by Josiah McElheny in conjunction with the

Blinky Palermo: Retrospective 1964-1977

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

June 25 - December 18, 2011

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Installation view:


Some thoughts about the abstract body
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
May 19 - June 30, 2012

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Models for an abstract body (after McQueen)
2012
patinated cold-roll steel, cedar wood, low iron glass, hand blown and carved glass
65 3/8 x 30 1/2 x 19 9/16 inches
(166.1 x 77.5 x 49.7 cm)
ARG# MJ2012-011

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Walking Mirror 2
2012
cedar wood, mirror, cloth straps, metal hardware, wood pedestal, china marker drawing, performance instructions, periodic performance
66 x 33 x 30 1/4 inches
(167.6 x 83.8 x 76.8 cm)
Edition of 2, 1AP
ARG# MJ2012-014

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From an Historical Anecdote about Fashion
2000
Blown glass objects, display case, five framed digital prints
case dimensions: 18 h. 25 1/2 inches, each
installation view at Donald Young Gallery, Chicago


©Josiah McElheny

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The Club for Modern Fashions
2013
Glass pavilion site-specific installation and performance
ARG# MJ2013-003

 

Installation view:
Josiah McElheny: Two Clubs at The Arts Club of Chicago
Arts Club of Chicago
17 September - 14 December 2013

 

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Three Screens for Looking at Abstraction
2012
Aluminum, low-iron mirror, projection cloth, film transferred to video, video projectors with stands, wood, metal hardware
Three parts, overall dimensions variable
ARG# MJ2012-004

 

Installation view:
Some Pictures of the Infinite
The Institute of Contemporary Art
Boston, MA
June 22 - September 23, 2012

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Island Universe
2008
Chromed aluminum, handblown glass, electric lights. Consisting of five elements arranged in a grid at specific heights
Dimensions variable, largest element is approximately 12' in diameter, smallest is approximately 7' in diameter
ARG# MJ2008-004


Installation view:
Some Pictures of the Infinite
The Institute of Contemporary Art
Boston, MA
June 22 - September 23, 2012

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Study for The Center Is Everywhere
2012
Brass, cut lead crystal, electric lighting, hand-bound book
84 x 32 inches, installed 6 inches above the floor; book approx. 7 x 10 inches
ARG# MJ2012-020

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Installation view:
 


Some Pictures of the Infinite
The Institute of Contemporary Art
Boston, MA
June 22 - September 23, 2012

 

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Verzelini's Acts of Faith (Glass from Paintings of the Life of Christ)
1996
Blown glass, text, display case
Case dimensions: 78 1/2 x 72 1/2 x 14 3/4  inches
(199.4 x 184.2 x 37.5 cm)
ARG# MJ1996-002

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Endless Repeating Twentieth Century Modernism
2007
Hand-blown mirrored glass, low-iron and transparent mirror,
metal, wood, electric lighting
94 1/2 x 92 3/4 x 92 3/4 inches
(240 x 235.6 x 235.6 cm)
ARG# MJ2007-004


 

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Twentieth Century Modernism, Mirrored and Reflected Infinitely
2006
Hand blown mirrored glass, display structure, transparent mirror and electric lighting
31 1/4 x 188 x 18 3/4 inches
(79.4 x 477.5 x 47.6 cm)
ARG# MJ2006-002


 

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Detail of:


Twentieth Century Modernism, Mirrored and Reflected Infinitely
2006
Hand blown mirrored glass, display structure, transparent mirror and electric lighting
31 1/4 x 188 x 18 3/4 inches
(79.4 x 477.5 x 47.6 cm)
ARG# MJ2006-002


 

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The Metal Party: Reconstructing a Party held in Dessau on February 9, 1929
2001
A Project of the Public Art Fund, New York and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA


 

Videos

Josiah McElheny in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's The Artist Project

Josiah McElheny: "Making a Projection Painting" on art21

Josiah McElheny: Paintings on art21

Josiah McElheny: Beauty and seduction on art21

Josiah McElheny: History and originality on art21

Josiah McElheny: "The Alpine Cathedral and the City-Crown" on art21

Josiah McElheny: "Conceptual Drawings for a Chandelier, 1965" on art21

Josiah McElheny: Assistant Anders Rydstedton art21

Josiah McElheny: Assistant Martha Friedman

Biography

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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