David Horvitz

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David Horvitz
David Horvitz.jpg
Horvitz, circa 2013
Born David Horvitz
Los Angeles, California, USA[1]
Nationality American
Education Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, University of California Riverside, Waseda University[1]
Known for Mail art, photography

David Horvitz is an American artist who uses art books, photography, performance art, and mail art as mediums for his work.

Background and personal life

Horvitz was born in Los Angeles, California. In 2002 he graduated from Waseda University in Tokyo with a B.A.; in 2004, received a second B.A. from the University of California-Riverside; and in 2010 received an M.F.A. from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts of Bard College.[1]


Horvitz uses art books, photography, performance art, watercolor, and mail art as mediums for his work.[2][3]

In 2007, he had posted a video on YouTube of a man riding a bicycle into the ocean, claiming it was a Bas Jan Ader film that he had found. Ader's gallery had the initial claims removed.[4] In 2009, Horvitz encouraged people to photograph themselves with their head in a freezer and upload the photos to social media sites.[5]

Horvitz's Gnomons was exhibited at the New Museum in 2014, featuring four works based on the concept of time. The final work was a performance piece titled Let us Keep our Own Noon, where volunteers rang brass bells in the streets around the museum at solar noon and then walked away from each other until they could not hear other bells.[6][7]

His work also includes "A Wikipedia Reader", a mind map of artists' browsing of Wikipedia. Public Access includes photographs of himself at various public beaches in California which were uploaded to the Wikimedia Commons and then inserted into the Wikipedia pages, and the subsequent reaction of the Commons and Wikipedia communities to his actions. These actions included criticism of the quality and artistry of the images, suspicion of the uploader's motives, and deletion of most of the images and/or removal of himself from the images. Public Access is "the piece for which he is most well known".[8][better source needed]

His published work includes: Xiu Xiu: The Polaroid Project (2007), Everything that can happen in a day (2010), and Sad, Depressed, People (2012).

He has exhibited at SF Camerawork, the Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum, and Tate Modern.[9][10][11][12]


  1. ^ a b c David Horvitz Bio CHERT Gallery Berlin
  2. ^ "David Horvitz CV". Gallery West. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  3. ^ David Horvitz bio, Foam Magazine
  4. ^ July 16, 2009  (2009-07-16). "Los Angeles Times". Latimesblogs.latimes.com. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  5. ^ Roffino, Sara. "EMERGING: David Horvitz's Multiversed, Multimedia and Oft-Absurdist Art VIDEO". BlouinArtInfo. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Nikki Lohr, “In Search of New Time: David Horvitz at the New Museum”, Gallerist, 27 June 2014
  7. ^ Smith, Roberta, “Sounds of all but Silence”, New York Times, 22 May 2014.
  8. ^ Sara Roffino “EMERGING: David Horvitz's Multiversed, Multimedia and Oft-Absurdist Art [VIDEO” Blouin ArtInfo, 5 August 2013]
  9. ^ "As Yet Untitled: Artists and Writers in Collaboration". SF Camerawork. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Artist Breakfast". MoMA. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  11. ^ Tan, Lumi. "Free". Frieze. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "Rhizome at No Soul for Sale and David Horvitz's Mail Nothing to the Tate Modern". Rhizome.org. Retrieved 2 September 2013.