Rather than showering acrylic droplets through a fire extinguisher, with this series Lucien Smith finds an increasingly derisive manner in which to defy painterly conventions. The artist literally gives representation a cream pie in the face with “Lady Jacks off to hot start in conference,” affixing aluminum tins and dripping white paint to canvas. Recalling an AbEx-like resignation to materials and gravity, as well as the playful undertones of Andy Warhol’s piss paintings and Richard Prince’s joke paintings, Smith’s work here operates on formal and conceptual levels.

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Lucien Smith (American, b. 1989) is an artist based in New York. Recognized for his work in painting and sculpture, Smith’s work focuses on a variety of topics and concerns like chance and purpose, spareness and saturation, the sublime and the familiar. Part of a group of young artists including Oscar Murillo and Petra Cortright, Smith has gained almost overnight success and rapid appreciation within the art world. His mostly non-representational work saw the 23-year-old named one of Forbes’ 30 notable individuals under 30 in the category “Art & Style.” Smith graduated with a BFA in Painting from the Cooper Union School of Art.

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Lady Jacks off to hot start in conference, 2013
Lot Number 50
Aluminum trays, molding paste, and enamel on gessoed canvas in artist's frame
28 x 22 in (71.12 x 55.88 cm)
Signed on verso; accompanied by certificate of authenticity

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Lady Jacks off to hot start in conference
  • Dimensions
    28 x 22 in (71.12 x 55.88 cm)