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B. WURTZ Selected Works 1970-2015

20 November 2015 28 January 2016
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK

installation view
B. WURTZ, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK, 2015

installation view
B. WURTZ, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK, 2015

installation view
B. WURTZ, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK, 2015

installation view
B. WURTZ, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK, 2015

installation view
B. WURTZ, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK, 2015

installation view
B. WURTZ, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK, 2015

American artist B. Wurtz is best known for his carefully assembled sculptures and installations made of a wide range of commonplace, discarded materials. A prideful appreciator of lowly objects, his practice is highly concerned with the ethics of re-use, yet is also highly engaged with art history.

Meticulous structures made from food wrappers, plastic carrier bags, shoelaces, locks, mop handles, takeaway trays, mesh bags and wooden blocks all, in some way, refer back to the human essentials of food, shelter and clothing. Highlighting the overlooked, never allowing the visitor to lose sight of what the pieces are made of, and how they are put together, Wurtz’s works succeed in channelling the many possibilities of these everyday materials.

This survey exhibition brought together more than 60 works spanning his entire career of over 40 years.