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B. Wurtz

b. 1948, USA

Since the 1970's B. Wurtz has collected and repurposed commonplace found objects such as socks, plastic bags, shoelaces and mesh bags, alongside more traditional art materials as wood and marble, making low materials into icons of ordinariness through these juxtapositions. A 1973 drawing entitled Three Important Things which states "sleeping, eating and keeping warm", set the parameters for the materials Wurtz would go on to use in his aesthetic investigation of the mundane. His work channels the possibilities of everyday materials, never allowing the viewer to lose sight of what they are made from and how they are put together, providing evidence of both their formal quality and their function. He humbly seeks to dismantle the conventions of plastic discipline and finds order in things that are otherwise society's jetsam. His sculptures recall the understated language of the objet trouvé, but with distinctive profundity and wit. Among the works on view will be new works from a series referred to as "pan paintings".

These wall works are made from aluminum food containers and roasting pans that pass through every home. By painting over the patterns and texts on the exterior of the pans with various colors of acrylic paint, Wurtz transforms these disposable pans into something valuable. Wurtz additionally created a group of works in handmade paper during his LabGrant Program residency at Dieu Donné in New York.

"Most of my works are fairly simple arrangements. It often takes a longtime to get them where I want, but sometimes it's just a matter of a minor tweak that clinches it all. I don't want to obscure what the objects are. I like that there is inherent meaning attached to them in terms of their use-value, but ultimately I want the work to be formal, nearly classical." (B. Wurtz as told to Lauren O'Neill-Butler for 500Words, Artforum.com, June 2013)

B. Wurtz was born in 1948 in Pasadena, California, received his BA from the University of California at Berkeley in 1970 and his MFA fromCalifornia Institute of the Arts in 1980. Recent solo exhibitions include The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; MetroPictures, New York; Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg; The AldrichContemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield; Maisterralvabuena, Madrid; RichardTelles, Los Angels; Kate MacGarry, London; Gregor Podnar, Berlin and White Flag Projects, St. Louis. He currently lives and works in NewYork.

Featured Artworks

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Pan Painting 21 by B. Wurtz contemporary artwork B. WurtzPan Painting 21, 2018 Aluminium, acrylic paint
34.5 x 46 x 8.5 cm
Kate MacGarry
Untitled (Pajamas) by B. Wurtz contemporary artwork B. WurtzUntitled (Pajamas), 2018 Photograph on Polyester silk, wood, metal, staples
150.5 x 127 x 8.9 cm
Metro Pictures
Untitled (Pan
Painting) by B. Wurtz contemporary artwork B. WurtzUntitled (Pan Painting), 2016 Acrylic paint on aluminum
32 x 25 x 5 cm
Office Baroque
Untitled (fetish) by B. Wurtz contemporary artwork B. WurtzUntitled (fetish), 2013 Marble, wood, acrylic paint, wire, thread, ribbon, brass and buttons
30.5 x 8.9 x 6.4 cm
Office Baroque
Untitled (fetish) by B. Wurtz contemporary artwork B. WurtzUntitled (fetish), 2013 Marble, wood, acrylic paint, wire, thread, ribbon, brass and buttons
35.6 x 10.2 x 5.1 cm
Office Baroque
Untitled (fetish) by B. Wurtz contemporary artwork B. WurtzUntitled (fetish), 2012 Marble, wood, acrylic paint, wire, thread, ribbon, brass and buttons
40.6 x 7.6 x 5.1 cm
Office Baroque
Untitled by B. Wurtz contemporary artwork B. WurtzUntitled, 2001 Wood, wire, mesh netting
109.2 x 50.8 x 25.4 cm
Office Baroque
Untitled by B. Wurtz contemporary artwork B. WurtzUntitled, 2001 Wood, wire, mesh netting
76.2 x 55.9 x 20.3 cm
Office Baroque

Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, B. Wurtz, B. Wurtz at Kate MacGarry, London
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31 May–13 July 2019 B. Wurtz B. Wurtz Kate MacGarry, London
Contemporary art exhibition, B. Wurtz, Domestic Space at Metro Pictures, New York
Closed
6 September–20 October 2018 B. Wurtz Domestic Space Metro Pictures, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Fifteen at Kate MacGarry, London
Closed
11 November–16 December 2017 Group Exhibition Fifteen Kate MacGarry, London

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