First New York Survey of the Work of California Artist B. Wurtz on View at Metro Pictures


NEW YORK, NY.- Metro Pictures presents a special summer exhibition: the first New York survey of the work of B. Wurtz. Spanning some 40 years, the show is a collaboration between B. Wurtz; White Columns director Mathew Higgs, the exhibition’s curator; Metro Pictures; and Feature Inc., the artist’s longtime gallery. Born in Pasadena, California, in 1948, Wurtz graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1970. That same year, he made Handbag, which is the earliest work in this exhibition. A humble wall-hung sculpture that resembles its title, Handbag is made from a few sheets of plastic and a thin metal wire. This early piece is a precursor to later constructions that continuously and optimistically flouted the aesthetic orthodoxies of his peers. In 1973, the artist penned Three Important Things, a drawing that served as a foundational statement for his work. Objects in Wurtz’s works have steadfastly d