' Will Kurtz - Kim Foster Gallery
Will Kurtz
What Are You Laughing About?
October 12 - November 11, 2017

Press Release

“What Are You Laughing About?” is the second solo exhibition by the artist Will Kurtz at  Kim Foster Gallery. Interacting with the artist’s infamous street people, Kurtz introduces us to his large scale paintings inspired by snapshots taken in Coney Island.

An extraordinary array of artists have viewed Coney Island as a microcosm of the American Experience, an entertainment mecca for the masses that has seen its share of urban decline. Fittingly enough, Kurtz theatrically positions his marginal folks in relationship to his Coney Island inspired paintings to animate the gallery space and champion a spectrum of humanity that contribute to the diversity of NYC’s demographic mix.

Much has been written about the shock and awe of experiencing the artist’s street people. Kurtz uses a collage of words and colorful advertising to reflect the sincerity and uniqueness of an individual. Newspaper, wood, wire, plaster gauze, tape and glue are magically transformed like alchemy into life size figures. In his attention to detail, Kurtz empathizes with those living life precariously.  They are anatomically correct, but for the everyday material of newspaper applied on the surface of each sculpture in a painterly abstract expressionistic way.

Kurtz likes to amuse and tease the viewer with a cacophony of imagery. He finds reality more interesting than fiction. The works can be seen as visual vignettes of pathos, compassion, nostalgia and humor.

Will Kurtz practiced as a landscape architect throughout the United States and Canada. Eventually his passion for art superseded landscape architecture and he moved to New York, graduating from the New York Academy of Art. He has been in several group exhibitions including “The Art of Now” at Hearst, New Portal Art Fair,  “See All About It” Port Authority of New York, “An Inclusive World” Queens Museum NY and “Paper as Art” Cornell Museum of Art in Delray Beach Fl. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, New York Post, Fox 5 Good Day in NY,  Hyperallergic, NY Art Beat, Whitehot Magazine, buzzworthy, Tribes, Artefuse, among others, and is in various collections worldwide.


Biography

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017      Kim Foster Gallery, “WHAT ARE YOU LAUGHING ABOUT?” New York, NY 

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

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

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

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017      Dana Gallery, Paperwork, Lincoln, MA

Governor’s Island 4 heads Art Fair, NY

2016     CONTEXT Art Miami, Miami, Fla, Kim Foster Gallery booth    

Art Southampton, “CALL OF THE WILD” curator Brooke Shields and NY Academy of Art’s David Kratz

Kim Foster Gallery, RELIEF, New York, NY         

Portal Art Fair, Federal National Building on Wall Street, organized by 4Heads

Hearst Tower, “THE ART OF NOW” curator Betty Levin

2015    Port Authority Terminal Times Square, “EXTRA! EXTRA! SEE ALL ABOUT IT”  curator Vida Sabbaghi

ARTPRIZE, Grand Rapids, MI

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

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

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

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

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

Cornell Museum, Del Ray Beach, FL

Columbia University, “REPSYCLING” New York

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 SUMMER 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, “SOUTH HAMPTON SHOW” South Hampton, 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” New York, NY

2005      Galerija Pungart, Kranj, Slovenia

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

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2016    Page Six – New York Post, ART “TRASHED” IN HAMPTONS, by Emily Smith

Tribes, SPOTLIGHT WILLIAM KURTZ, May/June Issue     

buzzworthy, “WILL KURTZ CREATES LIFE SIZE SCULPTURES FROM NEWSPAPER,” by Jessica Bush

New York Times, “WIRE, WOOD AND WATCHFUL EYES” by Martha Schwendener

New York Times, PORTAL ART FAIR DURING FRIEZE WEEK, Hilarie Sheets

2015        Fox 5 Good Day in New York, SEE ALL ABOUT IT, Port Authority Bus Terminal

Whitehot Magazine, WILL KURTZ, Hrbacek, Mary

Wall Street International, PARDON THE INTERRUPTION, PLEASE Daniel Guess

Artnet Magazine, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT TURNED SCULPTOR, Q&A WITH WILL KURTZ

2014       Boca Raton Magazine, ARTISTS BRING BROOKLYN STREETS TO DELRAY, 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 Steven Gladston

 

AWARDS

Fellowship, NEW YORK ACADEMY OF ART  2009-10

Academic Scholarship Award, NEW YORK ACADEMY OF ART  2008

 

RESIDENCIES

Artist in Residence, Saint Barth 2016

4Heads, GOVERNORS ISLAND SUMMER RESIDENCY  2014

 

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

Collection of HFZ Capital Corp

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 Daniel Limoges, Montreal, Canada

The Collection of Libby Bonbright, Los Angeles, CA

The Collection of Sloan Schaffer, Miami, FL

The Collection of Wijnand Donkers, Dusseldorf, Germany

The Collection Alexander Ghazinian, Zurich, Switzwerland

The Collection of Michel Ringuet, Montmagny, Canada

 

EDUCATION

New York Academy of Art, MFA, New York, NY 2007-2009

Michigan State University, BLA, East Lansing, MI 1975-1982

 

TEACHIING

Lyme Academy, Sculpture Professor, Old Lyme, CT 201

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

Penn State University, Assistant Professor of Art, State College, PN 2012-2013

Lyme Academy, Sculpture Professor, Old Lyme, CT 2011

New York Academy of Art, Sculpture Teaching Assistant, New York, NY 2008-2009

Concord Academy, High School Art Teacher, Petoskey, MI. 1995-1996