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B. Wurtz, Green Basket #2 (1994). Canvas, acrylic paint, wood, tin cans, cloth 120 × 120 × 3.5 in. (304.80 x 304.80 x 8.89 cm). Courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures, New York.

This Has No Name, presented by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA), is the first major U.S. museum survey of New York-based artist B. Wurtz. Featuring approximately 150 objects including sculptures, paintings, and drawings made from a remarkable array of everyday materials, the exhibition presents the artist’s visual language that centers on the minutiae from daily life in ways poetic and whimsical. Wurtz’s idiosyncratic work revolves around the use of materials that refer to the “acts of eating, sleeping, and keeping warm.” Items such as food tins, clothing, plastic bags, mesh produce bags, and yogurt containers are transformed into elegant meditations on form and line while simultaneously underscoring the artist’s commitment to the ethics of reuse.

With a focus on Wurtz’s work after 1980, the exhibition highlights his “object portraits,” a series of photographs, deadpan portraits of some materials that would later become major building blocks for his sculptures, like green plastic fruit baskets or twist-ties. These serve as an important framework for Wurtz’s later explorations, which include drawings and paintings made with socks and shoestrings and sculptures made from post-consumer packaging materials.

To celebrate the opening of This Has No Name, ICA LA is hosting an Open House on Sunday, September 30 with an Art Talk featuring curator Jamillah James in conversation with artist B. Wurtz from 3–4 pm. RSVP and info here.

B. Wurtz: This Has No Name is on view at ICA LA September 30 to February 3, 2019 . Learn more at

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