|Birth name||David Horvitz|
Los Angeles, California, USA
|Field||Mail art, photography|
|Training||Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, University of California Riverside|
David Horvitz is a Fluxus-inspired artist, based in Brooklyn, New York, who uses a variety of media including art books, photography, performance art, and mail art. He has gained notability, in part because of his use of Wikipedia as a site for information exchange; this work includes "A Wikipedia Reader," a mind map of artists browsing of Wikipedia, and "Public Access," photos of beaches uploaded to Wikipedia.
Horvitz uses art books, photography, performance art, watercolor, and mail art to create his work. His work includes "A Wikipedia Reader," a mind map of artists browsing of Wikipedia, and "Public Access," photographs of beaches uploaded to Wikipedia. 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, Tate Modern
In 2009 Horvitz released the artist book Rarely Seen Bas Jan Ader Film, with Los Angeles based publisher 2nd Cannons Publications. A few years prior Horvitz re-discovered a 1975 film by Bas Jan Ader, at the University of California at Irvine.
In 2009, David Horvitz started the “Heads in Freezers” meme. Participants took photos of their heads in freezers, tagged them with “241543903” and uploaded them to social media sites like Tumblr.
Wikipedia controversy and subsequent art project
In 2011, David Horvitz uploaded photographs he took of beach scenes to Wikipedia. These produced “a flurry of discussion amongst the Wikipedia community”. Many of the photos were deleted or cropped as possibly being self promotional. The Wikipedia response to David's photograph uploads then became the art project Public Access which was displayed at SF Camerawork in San Francisco. The graphic designer Eric Nylund and Ed Steck produced a pdf of the project.
- "David Horvitz CV". Gallery West. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
- David Horvitz bio, Foam Magazine
- "As Yet Untitled: Artists and Writers in Collaboration". SF Camerawork. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
- "Artist Breakfast". MoMA. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
- Tan, Lumi. "Free". Frieze. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
- "Rhizome at No Soul for Sale and David Horvitz's Mail Nothing to the Tate Modern". Rhizome.org. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
- "2nd Cannons Publications". 2ndcannons.com. Retrieved 2012-04-17.
- July 16, 2009 (2009-07-16). "Los Angeles Times". Latimesblogs.latimes.com. Retrieved 2012-04-17.
- “241543903 / Heads in Freezers”, Know Your Meme, 2010
- Roffino, Sara, “EMERGING: David Horvitz's Multiversed, Multimedia and Oft-Absurdist Art VIDEO” BlouinArtInfo, 5 August 2013
- Ptek, Laurel & David Horvitz “Towards a History of Politics and Philosophy of the Online Image”, Foam Magazine #29 Winter 2011/2012, pp 64-69
- “Something Fishy on Pelican State Beach”, Rhizome (art), 18 February 2011