Quote of Note | Josh Smith

“I like when people have opinions—especially about art. You can hate my art. I made my art to be hated. That’s why I made the name paintings. So rather than someone coming to my studio and saying, like, ‘Thank you for your time. I’ll see you later,’ and me not knowing why they don’t like my work, I understand now why they don’t like it. I made work specifically for them not to like. If you made paintings of flowers and someone says they hate it, it’s like ‘What do you mean? It’s a flower!’ But if you make a painting of your name and somebody says they hate it, it’s like, ‘Well, why would you like a painting of my name anyway?'”

-Artist Josh Smith, whose work will be featured in the Printemps de Septembre festival, opening September 23 in Toulouse, France