"Loyalty is Royalty" by Richard Kurtz, Opening on November 21st

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(MIAMI, FL – November 3, 2015) &gallery will open a unique exhibition featuring Richard Kurtz on November 21, on view until December 30th. Loyalty is Royalty will feature nearly 60 works by Kurtz: his prize fighters, super heroes and seductive women all created in Kurtz' signature style. 

Loyalty is Royalty is a collaboration between &gallery and Kurtz to bring his works back to Miami’s burgeoning art scene in Little Haiti. Annie Berkowitz, lead curator and gallery Director, has amassed important archival works by Kurtz alongside newer creations, with a special focus on the artists’ Playing Cards series that features images of boxers and his seductive female figures, amounting to more than half of the works on view. He commented on the boxer works by stating, “For me, the image of the boxer is a warrior—a hero. We all have to fight to remain conscious and present. It’s like in life, you blink, you lose.”

Richard in his studio, photo by Jennifer Esperanza

Richard in his studio, photo by Jennifer Esperanza

Richard Kurtz was born and raised in Elizabeth, New Jersey. From 1978 to 1990 he lived in New York City where he spent a great deal of time around the East Village art scene. Kurtz relocated to Taos, New Mexico in 1990, leaving behind the financial difficulty of living in New York and finding a community of artists without the pressure of urban life. After that time, the artist spent some years in Miami, where he worked from a studio in Little Haiti – the same neighborhood where &gallery is located. His career has gained momentum over the last decade with his participation in exhibitions and art fairs worldwide. 

Kurtz’s work has a wild energy and confident style that recalls graffiti yet includes a variety of unlikely materials such as glitter, bits of straw, frayed newsprint, sheet music, maps, target shooting sheets, and gift cards from stores such as Target and Starbucks. Even though he’s not left-handed, he draws with his left hand in an attempt to be more open and connect with the more intuitive side of his brain. "My role is to speak truth through images. My challenge is to do so without being appropriated by an unforgiving system," he says.

The opening reception for Loyalty is Royalty will be held on Saturday November 21st from 4 to 7pm. An art discussion will take place on Wednesday December 2nd in collaboration with Art Beat Miami and the NE2P.