B. Wurtz

1948 · United States

Artist biography

B. Wurtz is a contemporary artist considered well established, who was born in the United States. B. Wurtz was born in 1948. Born in the same country and around the same year are Chuck Close, Robert Mappelthorpe, Bruce Nauman, Laurie Andersen and Barbara Kruger.

Galleries and Exhibitions

B. Wurtz is represented by several galleries around the world, including countries such as Belgium, Spain, and the United States. Galleries include Office Baroque | Bloemenhofplein 5 in Belgium, Maisterravalbuena Galería | Madrid in Spain, as well as Richard Telles Fine Art in the United States. B. Wurtz most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Kate MacGarry in London (30 May 2019 until 12 July 2019) with the exhibition Solo Exhibition . B. Wurtz' other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; Solo exhibition (31 March 2020 - 29 May 2020) at Maisterravalbuena Galería | Madrid in Spain and “SUMMER ROUND UP” (30 June 2018 - 18 August 2018) at Richard Telles Fine Art in the United States. B. Wurtz' first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called “SUMMER ROUND UP” and took place at Richard Telles Fine Art in Los Angeles, the United States from the 30 June 2018 to 18 August 2018.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been key in the evolution of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war period, when the cultural status of New York assumed primacy over Paris, previously thought of as the most significant art hub worldwide. Leading art movements developed and fostered in significant ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in various forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast branches, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus various post-modern echoes of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary period, the United States has exercised a prevailing influence upon the global visual culture, due to the hegemony of its economic and political systems. Key examples of important U.S artists of the modern and contemporary era include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for B. Wurtz

Born in 1948, B. Wurtz was largely inspired by the 1960s. Artistically, the decade began with the twin movements of Pop and Minimalism emerging alongside each other. On one hand, Pop championed the visual culture of the mainstream and mass media, and of products and consumerism. The work of art by artists like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Wesselmann and Claes Oldenberg was inspired by the popular culture of the rapidly developing Capitalism of the United States, using things like advertising, comic books and ideas surrounding celebrity culture as their primary visual inspiration. A parallel movement developed on the West Coast in California - a strain that also related to language in art, and is viewed as the initial blossoming of conceptual art. Minimalism developed a formal language with no external references, based solely on line, colour and geometric form as key elements of both painting and sculpture. The main figures of Minimalism included Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Pop Art was an influential offshoot of minimalism, a discipline made famous by through the work of artists such as Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley. Around the world a number of artistic movements resonated the artistic concerns of the above mentioned movements, often with regional specialties and nuance. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni established Spatialism, and in Germany the Zero group under the leadership of Gunter Uecker adopted similar ideas. The influential school of Existentialist Philosophy was an important source of creativity for artists, with artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti becoming known worldwide for their idiosyncratic approaches to the human form and the angst related to the human condition.

B. Wurtz

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