For nearly five decades the renowned artist B. Wurtz (born 1948) has transformed humble materials and discarded objects into humorous and wryly beautiful works of art. Pan Paintings features the artist’s iconic series of paintings that he made on disposable aluminum roasting pans and to-go containers. The full-color, Swiss-bound monograph brings together—for the first time—this critically acclaimed body of work that spans over three decades. The book also includes an essay by art historian and curator Erica Cooke which explores the capacious implications of these Pan Paintings—works that conjure and entangle the historical lineages of the Dadaist readymade and the Surrealist found object as well as broader categories of geometric abstraction in painting and assemblage in sculpture. B. Wurtz was born in Pasadena, California and received an M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts in 1980. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and was the subject of retrospective exhibitions at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom, in 2015, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, in 2018.
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