Sperling's work draws on the language of Minimalist painting from the 60s and 70s, with shaped canvases as his main recourse. For these, he crafts intricate plywood supports over which canvas is stretched and painted over in a signature palette of saturated, sometimes clashing colours. In their three-dimensionality, Sperling's works blur the lines between painting and sculpture, image and object. Mining a wide range of sources, from design to art history, Josh Sperling has crafted a unique visual vocabulary remarkable for its expressive quality and irrepressible energy.
With Art021 and West Bund Art & Design taking place in November, we recommend 17 shows to see in Shanghai this winter.
KAWS, Banksy and Josh Sperling were among artists whose work exceeded estimates at the Asia-led sale.
Josh Sperling Video of the exhibition Chasing Rainbows at Perrotin Paris 10 January–24 February 2018 Video by Nikolaï Saoulski © 2018