Charles Lutz (b. 1982) was born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. He studied Painting and Art History at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, and Anatomy at Columbia University New York, NY. He received a BFA from the Pratt Institute College of Art in 2004. Lutz lives and works between Red Lion, PA, and Brooklyn, NY.
Since his first solo exhibition in 2007, Lutz’s work has been shown in major galleries and institutions throughout the US and abroad including the Andy Warhol Museum Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum Pittsburgh, Artipelag Museum Stockholm, New Museum New York, Dickinson Gallery New York among others. His work dealing with consumerism and originality has been the subject of major exhibitions and critical acclaim. Lutz’s work has even been cited in the recent Supreme Court case Warhol Foundation v. Goldsmith.
Lutz is widely known for his work relating to the Art World, specifically his engagement with concepts of originality through his series of Denied Warhol works, which were submitted to the Warhol Authentication Board to be formally DENIED, in an act of creative destruction. Lutz’s work engages with a long narrative of the ready-made in Contemporary and Modern Art, looking to further the concept through exploring our cultural relationship with originality, consumerism, and consumption.