Painting and Drawing: Archive
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 5:00 p.m.
Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr.
In 1973, B. Wurtz penned Three Important Things, a drawing that served as a foundational statement for his work. Objects in Wurtz's works have steadfastly derived from its three listed concerns ("sleeping, eating, keeping warm"), resulting in an ever-inventive profusion of sculptural objects and wall hangings that have channeled the possibilities of lowly, everyday objects. Declared "a master of the unassuming, if not completely disguised, artwork" by critic Roberta Smith, Wurtz has lived and worked in New York since the mid-1980s. He is a graduate of the California Institute of Arts and UC Berkeley. His work has been in exhibitions at MoMA P.S.1, MCA Chicago, Musée d'Art Contemporain de Lyon, RISD Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery, and Castillo/Corrales, Paris. Recent group shows include B. Wurtz & Co. at Richard Telles Fine Art in Los Angeles and Everyday Abstract-Abstract Everyday at James Cohan Gallery in New York City, both exhibitions being curated by Matthew Higgs.