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Oliver Lutz



Oliver Lutz's work explores conditions surrounding the individual including methods by which s/he is understood and defined through media and technology. His projects - which often involve installation, painting, video, performance, drawing and notation - raise questions about culturally conditioned rituals, myths, social interaction, and the viewer's customary relationship to looking at art, to deconstruct and reconfigure normal codes of viewer, subject, and representation.

His work has been exhibited internationally at the Tate Modern (London), S.M.A.K. Museum of Contemporary Art (Gent, Belgium), Wurttembergischer Kunstverein (Stuttgart, Germany), MARTa Museum (Herford, Germany), FILTER projectraum (Hamburg, Germany), i8 (Reykjavík, Iceland), and throughout the United States, at Artpace (San Antonio, TX), SFMOMA (San Francisco), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), Broad Art Center (Los Angeles), and in New York at The Kitchen, Apex Art, and Scaramouche Gallery.

He studied at the National Academy of Film and Television in Prague while completing his B.F.A. in Painting and Multi-media at Cornell University in 1996. He received his Masters of Science in Visual Studies from MIT's Department of Architecture in 2006 and was the recipient of the IV International Painting Prize Diputación de Castellón in 2007. He has been a resident artist at The Banff Centre (Alberta, Canada) and Fogo Island Arts Corporation (Newfoundland, Canada) and a faculty lecturer at Cornell University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.





'Lands End'
Logan Center Gallery, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago, Il

'RE: Painted'
SMAK Museum for Contemporary Art, Gent, Belgium
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'Friends and Lovers in Underground'
Willy-Brandt-Straße 46, Hamburg, Germany

'Tomorrow is The Question'
SMAK, Gent, Belgium;=&tid;=&t;=&id;=529

'Exposed – Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera since 1870'
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
until September 18th, 2011

'Exposed – Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera since 1870'
SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
October 30, 2010 - April 17, 2011

'Half a self, a cave-dweller'
Curated by David Everitt Howe
The Former Convent at St. Cecilia's Parish, 21 Monitor St., Greenpoint, New York, 11222
November 6 - November 14, 2010

'Coup de Ville',
Curated by Stef van Bellingen and Jan Hoet
WARP, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
September 12 -October 24, 2010

Exposed – Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera, 2010
Tate Modern, London

The Mediated Subject, 2010
Scaramouche, NY NY

Pittoresk – Neue Perspektiven auf das Landschaftsbild, 2009
MARTa, Herford, Germany

One Minute More, 2009
The Kitchen, New York, NY

Commune, 2009
Black and White Gallery, New York, NY

Beyond the Picturesque, 2009
SMAK Museum for Contemporary Art, Gent, Belgium

Pleinairism, 2008
i8, Reykjavík, Iceland

Oliver Lutz: Paint It Black, 2008
ArtPace, San Antonio, Texas

IV International Painting Prize Diputación de Castellón 2007
Museo de Bellas Artes de Castellon, Castellon, Spain

Incident No. 5: Oliver Lutz 2007
Incident Report Viewing Station, Hudson, NY

Oliver Lutz & Vargas-Suárez Universal 2007
Space Other, Boston, Massachusetts

Übergangsräume - Potential Spaces 2007
Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany 

Artists' Books: Transgression/ Excess 2007
Space Other, 63 Wareham, Boston, MA

2006 Wight Biennial: The Anxiety of Influence , 2006
Wight Gallery, Broad Art Center, Los Angeles, CA 

A Forest, Pt.2, 2006
Space Other, 63 Wareham, Boston, MA

Spektakel Stadt, 2006
Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart,
Schlossplatz 2, D-70173 Stuttgart, Germany

A Forest, Pt.1, 2006
FILTER projectraum, Kerstin Niemann's Project Space for International Contemporary Art
Hahntrapp 4- 6 D-20457, Hamburg, Germany

Towne Center, 2006
Greenport Towne Center, 351 Fairview Avenue, Greenport, NY

Kamp K48, 2006
John Connelly Presents, New York, NY

Kults, Werewolves, and Sarcastic Hippies 2005
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Avalanche Rescue (Lecture) for Come Together, By Harrell Fletcher 2005
Apex Art, New York, NY

A More Perfect Union 2004
Max Fish, New York, NY

Heimat : Solo Exhibition of Prints and Installation 2004
The Future Perfect - Brooklyn, NY

Frustum: Sniper 2002
The Creek Hotel - Signature Series 1, Miami, FL


The Behavioral Subejct (A Mental Model), Video Performance, 2009
The Kitchen, New York, NY

Ascender, Video Performance, 2006
Various mountaintops of North America

Grendel and Beowulf, Video Performance, 2006
N51-102, MIT, Cambridge, MA

Pink Man, Animation 1996
Written and directed, Ithaca, New York

Little Pepe, 16mm, 1994
Written and directed, Prague, Czech Republic

Two Men and One Woman, 16mm, 1993
Written and directed, Prague, Czech Republic

Autostop, 16mm, 1993
Production Design, Prague, Czech Republic 1993



The Retreat: A Position of dOCUMENTA (13), The Banff Centre, Alberta Canada, 2012

The Banff Center Artist Residency, Banff, Alberta Canada, 2008

IV International Painting Prize Diputación de Castellón, 2007 

Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize in the Visual Arts, MIT, 2006

Laya And Jerome B. Wiesner Student Art Awards, MIT, 2006

MIT Council for the Arts, 2005

A.R.C.A.D.E. 2005

MIT Graduate Student Life Grant, 2005

Dean of the Department of Architecture Grant, 2005

MIT Department of Architecture Scholarship, 2004-2006

Juror for MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies Fellowship, 2005

The Manhattan Group, MIT, President, 2005-2006




2006, Masters of Science in Visual Studies (SMVisS), MIT, ACT, Cambridge, MA

1996, BFA, Cornell University, AAP, Ithaca, NY


1994, 3F, FAMU - National Academy of Film & Television, Prague, CZ.




The Behavioral Subject (A Mental Model), Visual Studies Speaker

Series for the Fall 2017, University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, 2017

Visiting Artist/Scholar Lecture Series, Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 2011

2011-12 Pratt Institute Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, 2011

The Individual and Place, Long Studio, Fogo Island Arts Corporation, Joe Batt’s Arm, Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada, 2010

The Behavioral Subject (A Mental Model), Contemporary Art Workshop & Open Practice Committee, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2010

The Wanderer, The Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta, Canada, 2009 
New York Studio Program, Brooklyn, NY 2009

Methodology for Subverting Intention , Towne Center, Greenport, NY, 2006

The Proof of the Pudding is in the Eating (Brecht), Visual Arts Program, MIT 2006

Avalanche Rescue Methodologies, Apex Art, New York, NY 2005

MIT Graduate Arts Forum, Center for Advanced Visual Studies, MIT, Cambridge, MA 2005


Coup de Ville, (Exhibition Catalog), Sint-Niklaas, Belgium 2010

ABRAK48DABRA, New York, NY, 2010, ('Sorcerer's Hat Abendfrieden', 2010)

Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera, (Exhibition Catalog), Tate Publishing, London, UK, 2010

Pittoresk, (Exhibition Catalog), Marta Museum, Herford, Germany, 2009

Beyond the Picturesque, (Exhibition Catalog), SMAK, Gent, Belgium, 2009

Visionary Drawing Building, Collection of Drawings, Kidspace, Mass Moca, NY, 2009

Towne Centre, (Exhibition Catalog), Hudson, NY, 2007

K48, ‘K48 is an Animal’, New York, NY, 2004


Jason Fournberg, 'Critics' Pick: Lands End', ARTFORUM, January, 2015 

Andrew McVea, 'Logans Lands End exhibition expands the horizons of representation', The Chicago Maroon, January, 2015 

Laura Adamczyk, 'Beyond the horizon', The University of Chicago Magazine, January, 2015 

Nicole Lane, 'Lands End Exhibition @ UChicago's Logan Center', Gaper's Block, January, 2015 

Review, in Hairy Rainbow, 'Lands End at the Rena and David Logan Center For The Arts' by Staff. Exhibition review of "Lands End" at Logan Center Gallery, University of Chicago. 01.2015

Stephanie Schwartz , 'Beyond Looking', Oxford Art Journal, Volume 33, Number 3, November 24, 2010 

Ben Austen, 'Southern Culture on the Skids', (featuring artworks from 'Paint it Black', 2008, Artpace San Antonio, TX) Harper's Magazine, October Issue, 2010

Wim Dehandschutter,‘Ambitieus kunstproject zet Sint-Niklaas in de spotlights’,,  (press interview with Curators Jan Hoet and Stef van Bellingen about 'Coup de Ville'), September 10 2010

Florian Keller, ‘Achtung, Kamera!: Eine Schau in der Londoner Tate Modern geht dem heimlichen Blick in der Fotografie nach’, (Review of Exhibition), Tages Anzeiger, Zurich, CH, June 2, 2010

Nina Caplan, ‘Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera’, (Review of Exhibition), Timeout London, May 27, 2010

Alex Hopkins, ‘Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera’, (Review of Exhibition), Open Maganine, 8th June 2010

Melanie Abrams, ‘Big Brother comes to Tate Modern in salacious Exposed’, (Review of Exhibition), Culture24, June 2, 2010

Adam Wood, ‘Exposed – A Revealing Photography Exhibition At the Tate Modern’, (Review of Exhibition), Thought Catalog, June 1st, 2010

Sophie Hanson, ‘The Atrocity Exhibition’, (Review of Exhibition), Tourist Magazine, 2010

Karolina Koza, ‘Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance & the Camera / Tate Modern, London’, (Review of Exhibition), Artportal, July 11th, 2010

Chance Collective, ‘The Eye of the Camera: Exposed at Tate Modern’, (Review of Exhibition), May 28th 2010

Martin Patrick, ‘The Triumph of Old American Painting’, (Review of Exhibition), Eye Contact, July 10th, 2010

Motherboard TV, ‘Oliver Lutz's "The Mediated Subject" Shows Hidden Paintings Through Infrared Cameras’, (Review of Exhibition), Jun 18, 2010

Charles Schultz, ‘The Ratio’, (Review of Exhibition), Artslant, October, 2009

Daily Serving, ‘Commune’ (Featured Exhibition), August, 2009

Ben Judson, ‘Paint It Black’, (Review of Exhibition), Art Lies, Issue No. 59, San Antonio TX, Fall 2008

Caitlin Haskell, ‘Paint it Black’, (Review of Exhibition), ART PAPERS, Issue: JULY/AUGUST 2008, Atlanta GA, 2008

Dan R. Goddard, ‘Best in visual arts in 2008,’ (Featured Exhibition), San Antonio Express-News, December 28, 2008

Elaine Wolff, ‘Racing against time and the odds at Artpace’, (Review of Exhibition), San Antonio Current, August 13, 2008

Dan R. Goddard, ‘Technology reveals content of paintings’, (Review of Exhibition), San Antonio Express-News, July 25, 2008

Tyler Coburn, ‘Behind the Black Curtain’, (Review of Exhibition), Rhizome, June 11th, 2008

PLAN, ‘Oliver Lutz Wins International Art Award’ MIT, Cambridge MA, 2008

Cate McQuaid, ‘Playing with Perception’, (Review of Exhibition),  The Boston Globe, Boston MA, December 6, 2007

Cate McQuaid, ‘Art brought to the edge’, (Review of Exhibition),  The Boston Globe, Boston MA, December 27, 2007

el Periodico Mediterraneo , ‘El americano Lutz gana el premio Diputación’, (Review of Exhibition),  Valencia, Spain, 2007

Las Provincias, ‘La comprometida obra de Oliver Lutz gana el Premio Internacional’, (Review of Exhibition),  Valencia, Spain, 2007

Levante de Castello, ‘Oliver Lutz: Introduzco al espectador en la obra para que reflexione sobre la violencia’, (Review of Exhibition),  Valencia, Spain, 2007

V Magazine, (Review of Exhibition), New York, NY, 2003

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