Charles Lutz

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Artist Charles Lutz 2016

Charles Lutz (born March 27, 1982 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a conceptual artist working in painting, sculpture, and installation based in Brooklyn, New York.


Lutz received his BFA in Painting and Art History from Pratt Institute and studied Human Dissection and Anatomy at Columbia University, New York. Lutz's work deals with perceptions and value structures, specifically the idea of the transference of values. Lutz's 2007 Warhol Denied series received international attention calling into question the importance of originality in a work of art. The valuation process (authentication or denial) of the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board was used by the artist to create value by submitting recreations of Warhol works for judgment, with the full intention for the works to be formally marked "DENIED" of their authenticity. The final product of this conceptual project being "Officially DENIED" "Warhol" paintings authored by Lutz. [1]

Lutz's show "Charts, Price Lists, Corrections, and Other Relevant Statements" at the Brooklyn project space Five Myles dealt with ideas of consumption and ego through large-scale paintings based on the auction sales price lists from Christie's and Sotheby's, as well as large-scale photo based works referencing the auction house's own promotional materials dealing with consumption. [2]

The exploration into values and transference continued in his 2013 show "Ends and Means", this time focusing on our collective abstraction of value, looking at the trace of movement of currency and those facilitating such transactions. One of the most iconic paintings from the exhibition being a 12ft tall monochrome red oil painting of former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, other works consisted of paintings constructed from used currency bank bags and large paintings based on re-transcriptions of robbery notes. The show was reviewed in both Modern Painters and The Wall Street Journal.[3][4]

Later in 2013, Lutz went on to do one of his largest public installations to date. At the 100th Anniversary of Marcel Duchamp's groundbreaking and controversial Armory Show, Lutz was asked by the curator of Armory Focus: USA and former Director of The Andy Warhol Museum, Eric Shiner to create a site-specific installation representing the US. The installation "Babel" (based on Pieter Bruegel's famous painting) consisted of 1500 cardboard replicas of Warhol's Brillo Box (Stockholm Type) stacked 20ft tall. All 1500 boxes were then given to the public freely, debasing the Brillo Box as an art commodity by removing its value, in addition to debasing its willing consumers.[5][6]



THE CORRUPTIBLE Window Installation, New Museum. New York, NY July 29th- August 25, 2014.

BABEL Armory Focus: USA Curated by Eric Shiner. Site-specific installation, The Armory Show, New York, NY, March 6-10, 2013.

ENDS AND MEANS C24 Gallery. New York, NY. January 17 - March 1, 2013.

RE-MAKE / RE-MODEL Hionas Gallery. New York, NY. February 9 – March 3, 2012

CHARTS, PRICE LISTS, CORRECTIONS, AND OTHER RELEVANT STATEMENTS Five Myles Gallery. Brooklyn, NY. July 10 -August 28, 2010.

DENIAL & ACCEPTANCE PEP Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. May 5 - June 15, 2007



SCENT CURATED BY JULIO FELIX IN CONJUNCTION WITH Y&S Dickinson Gallery New York, NY December 15, 2015 - January 12, 2016

BIT-ROT, DOUGLAS COUPLAND Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Netherlands, September 11 2015 - January 3, 2016.

THE FRIVOLOUS NOW Curated by Julio Felix in conjunction with Y&S Alon Zakaim Gallery, London, UK June 24 - July 26, 2015.

WARHOL : FABRICATED UAB Abroms-Engel Institute Birmingham, AL January 9 - February 28, 2015.

LOGICAL GUESSES Curated by House of the Nobleman Driscoll Babcock Gallery New York, NY March 13 - April 26, 2014.

(CON)TEXT Curated by Tim Donovan Sharon Arts Center, Sharon, NH September 6 – October 25, 2013

REGARDING WARHOL, 60 ARTISTS FIFTY YEARS, Installation of BABEL The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA February 3 - April 28, 2013.

ARTIFICIAL TREE (Brillo Stockholm Type) 15 ft. tall site specific sculptural installation Produced in association with The Andy Warhol Museum and Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA November 28, 2012 - January 2013.

TERMINAL 5, select sculptures included in the News Stand installation curated by Tobias Wong including works by Richard Prince, Gilbert and George and others. Installed in the Eero Saarinen designed TWA Terminal, JFK International. New York, NY. October 2004.


  1. ^ Cripps, Charlotte, "Imitation of life: He almost duped Andy Warhol's estate. Now Charles Lutz is targeting the auctioneers", The Independent, September 2008.
  2. ^ Howard, Christoper, "Charles Lutz: Five Myles", Art Forum, July 2010.
  3. ^ Howard, Christopher, "Charles Lutz: Ends and Means", Modern Painters page 90, April 2013.
  4. ^ Plagens, Peter, "Charles Lutz: Ends and Means", The Wall Street Journal A21, February 16–17, 2013.
  5. ^ Rosenberg, Karen, Homages, Giddy Humor and Less Clutter The Armory Show at Piers 92 and 94, The New York Times, March 7, 2013.
  6. ^ Straus, Michael, "CHARLES LUTZ “BABEL (Brillo Stockholm Type)”, The Brooklyn Rail, March 4th, 2013.

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