Will Kurtz

 

 

 

Biography

Will Kurtz was born in Flint, Michigan and received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Michigan State University in 1981. He practiced as a landscape architect for 25 years, throughout the United States and Canada. It wasn’t until he was in his mid thirties that he began creating art as a self-taught artist. Eventually his passion for art superseded landscape architecture and he moved to New York at the age of 50 to attend graduate school at the New York Academy of Art. After graduation with an MFA he was selected to remain and do a one-year fellowship. He had three solo shows in New York at Kim Foster and Mike Weiss Galleries. He has had many group shows at galleries and museums in the US, Canada and Europe and is in many prominent collections around the world. He is a professor and has taught sculpture, drawing and painting at The New York Academy of Art, Lyme Academy and Penn State University. He lives in New York and has a studio in Ridgewood, NY.

 

Artist Statement  

I create realistic life-size figures and animals out of newspaper with an internal structure made of wood and wire. The newspaper forms have a collage of words and colorful advertising that is applied in a spontaneous painterly fashion to reflect the mood and life of the individual.

 

My subjects are real, everyday people who are often undistinguished and living on the margins of society. I select and create uncommon characters that have a distinct emotive quality. I use photography to capture a moment of their daily lives. They are often comic in character, dress or body type. The posture, gestures, facial expressions and clothing bring the figures to life. They have a familiarity of someone you might know or have passed on the street. I capture their resilience and vulnerability to embody a true empathy for the hardships we all share. The animals are selected to show their unique breed, size, shape or type of hair. Through them I am able express their innocence and humor that has a universal appeal.

 

Newspaper is my medium of choice because it gives a raw, imperfect, ephemeral quality that reminds us that we are only here on this earth for a short while.

 

EDUCATION

2007-2009

New York Academy of Art, MFA, New York, NY

1975-1981

Michigan State University, BLA, East Lansing, MI

 

TEACHING

2016   New York Academy of Art, Continuing Education, Sculpture Professor, New York, NY

2015   Lyme Academy, Sculpture Professor, Old Lyme, CT

2014   New York Academy of Art, Sculpture Professor, New York, NY

2012-2013

Penn State University, Assistant Professor of Art, State College, PN

2011   Lyme Academy, Sculpture Professor, Old Lyme, CT 2011

2009   New York Academy of Art, Sculpture Teaching Assistant, New York,

1995-1996

Concord Academy, High School Art Teacher, Petoskey, MI

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015   Kim Foster Gallery, “PARDON THE INTERUPPTION PLEASE”, New York, NY

2013   Mike Weiss Gallery, “ANOTHER SHIT SHOW”, New York, NY

2012   Mike Weiss Gallery, “EXTRA FUCKING ORDINARY”, New York, NY

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016    4Heads, “PORTAL FEDERAL HALL”, New York, NY

Hearst Towers, “THE ART OF NOW”, New York, NY

S Panepinto Galleries, “MEMENTOS”, Jersey City, NJ

2015   S Panepinto Galleries, “MY FAVORITE THINGS”, Hoboken, NY

Port Authority “EXTRA, EXTRA, SEE ALL ABOUT IT”, New York, NY

New York academy of Art, “TAKE HOME A NUDE AT SOTHEBY’S”, New York, NY

Last Rites Gallery, “13TH HOUR”, New York, NY

ARTPRIZE, Grand Rapids, MI

C.O.A. Galerie, “MUTE”, Montreal, Canada

New Jersey City University, “BARELY IMAGINED BEINGS II, Jersey City, NJ

Queens Museum, “AN INCLUSIVE WORLD”, Queens, NY

Kim Foster Gallery, “COLOR VALUE”, New York, NY

Proto Gallery, “BARELY IMAGINED BEINGS”, Hoboken, NJ

The (un)Scene Art Fair, New York, NY

Columbia University, “REPSYCHING”, New York, NY

Cornell Museum, Del Ray Beach, FL

Sirona Fine Art, “ARTIST GAZE”, Hallandale Beach, FL

 

2014   4 Heads, GOVERNORS ISLAND ART FAIR, New York, NY

Panepinto Galleries, “LUCID VISIONS”, Jersey City, NJ

Mark Miller Gallery, “BEHIND THE CURTAIN”, New York, NY

Window Studio, “SHALL NOT PERISH”, Brooklyn, NY

Pajama Factory, “IGNIGHT”, Williamsport, PA

Converge Gallery, “METAMORPHIC”, Williamsport, PA

Flowers Gallery, “NYAA SUMMR EXHIBITION”, New York, NY

Galerie Queen Anne, “ANIMATED LOUNGES”, Leipzig, Germany

Mana Contemprary, “ALL MY FRIENDS ARE ARTISTS”, Jersey City, NJ

Cornell Museum of Art, “PAPER SHOW”, Del Ray Beach, FL

The Unfair, New York, NY

Deborah Brown/Leslie Heller, “Real on Rock Street”, Brooklyn, NY

 

 

2013   The Lodge Gallery, “TYPHOON HAIYAM BENEFIT”, New York, NY

Mike Weiss Gallery, “SOUTHAMPTON SHOW”, Southampton, NY

New York Academy of Art, “DECK THE WALLS”, New York, NY

2012   Mike Weiss Gallery, “ART MIAMI”, Miami, FL

2011   New York Academy of Art, “ICONOMANCY”, New York, NY

2010   Allegra Laviola Gallery, “ PORNUCOPIA”, New York, NY

RH GALLERY, “FOOLSGOLD ART”, NEW YORK, NY

New York Academy of Art, “NONE TAKEN”, New York, NY

Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, Annual Juried Show, Bloomington, IN

The Contemporary Arts Center of Las Vegas, “21st Annual Show”, Las Vegas, NV

Lucky Gallery, “Daily Porn”, Brooklyn, NY

2009   New York Academy of Art, “DESK THE WALLS”, New York, NY

New York Academy of Art, “SUMMER EXHIBITION”, New York, NY

New York Academy of Art, “ A FIGURATIVE RECONSTRUCTION”, NY

2005   Galerija Pungart, Kranj, Slovenia

2003   Petoskey Contemporary Arts Group, “THIS IS BLACK”, Petoskey, MI

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2015   Style No Chaser, VULNERABILITIES, ABSURDITIES AND HUMOR WITH WILL KURTZ, Raquel

Baillard

OCIO Ultimate Magazine, ESCULTURAS CON PAPEL DE PERIODICO RECICLADO

White Hot Magazine, WILL KURTZ, PARDON THE INTERRUPTION, PLEASE AT KIM FOSTER

GALLERY, Mary Hrbecek

Wall Street International, PARDON THE INTERRUPTION, PLEASE, Daniel Gauss

Artnet News, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT-TURNED SCULPTOR WILL KURTZ AND THE THINGS THAT

INSPIRE HIM

2014   Boca Raton Magazine, ARTISTS BRING BROOKLYN STREETS TO DELRAY

BEACH, John Thomason

2013   Eyes In Magazine, WILL KURTZ AT MIKE WEISS GALLERY, Vivian Van Dijk

2012   Whitehot Magazine, WILL KURTZ EXTRA FUCKING ORDINARY, Peterson, Stephanie

New York Daily News, YOUNG AT ART: NEWSPAPER SCULPTOR WILL KURTZ

DISCOVERS NEW YORK AND HIS CREATIVE SIDE AFTER 50, Oserhout, Jacob E.

Hyperallergic, PAPER PEOPLE AND RUDE SHOCKS, Micchelli, Thomas

NY Art Beat, WILL KURTZ’S EXTR FUCKING ORDINARY, Hrbacek, Thomas

Artfuse, VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH WILL KURTZ, Produced by Steve Gladston

Vincent Zambrano, VIDEO SCULPTURE AT MIKE WEISS GALLERY

AWARDS

2009-2010

Fellowship, NEW YORK ACADEMY OF ART

2008   Academic Scholarship Award, NEW YORK ACADEMY OF ART

 

RESIDENCIES

2014   4Heads, GOVERNORS ISLAND SUMMER RESIDENCY

 

SELECTED PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

Ziel Feldman Collection, New York, NY

Cornell Museum of Art, Del Ray Beach, FL,

Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation, Jersey City, NJ

Collection of Sherry and Joel Malin, New York, NY

The Krupp Family Foundation, Boston, MA

The Tullman Collection, Chicago, IL

The Collection of Josh Rechnitz, New York, NY

The Collection of Linda Nelson, Bloomfield, MI

The Collection of Robert C. Kopple, Beverly Hills, CA

The Collection of Omer M Koc, Istanbul, Turkey