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Brian Buczak


Brian Buczak was born in Detroit in 1954. He received a BFA from Center for Creative Studies. He moved to New York City in 1975 at age 21, to continue painting. Brian's art expanded to include paintings, drawing, writings, publishing, artist's books, collaborations, Fluxus projects, film, performance and more. His work has been exhibited internationally, including New York, Detroit, Canada, Italy, and Iceland. Brian Buczak was only 33 years old when his life was cut short by AIDS. Buzack's longtime partner, Geoffrey Hendricks, asked his friend Philip Glass to help him commemorate Brian's life. Glass wrote “String Quartet No. 4” for Brian.


Solo exhibitions include Brian Buczak: Man Looks at the World, Gordon Robichaux and Ortuzar Projects, New York (2024); Brian Buczak: A Memorial Exhibition, Emily Harvey Gallery, New York (1989); Brian Buczak: A Memorial Exhibition, Bound & Unbound, New York (1987); The Search for Accidental Significance, Pitt International Galleries, Vancouver (1987); The Lucy Stories, Printed Matter, New York (1985); VASE, J.N. Herlin, Inc, New York, 1982; and Corpse, Todd’s Copy Shop, New York (1982). Group exhibitions include Democracy: Aids, Group Material at Dia Art Foundation, New York (1988); Wall/Paper: 3 installations in an abandoned building (with Andrea Evans and Brad Melamed), Fashion Moda, New York (1981); The Page as an Alternative Space 1970–1981, Franklin Furnace, New York (1981); 9th St Survival Show, Charas at El Bohio, New York (1981); Sound, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (1979); and Art Book Art, Detroit Institute of Arts (1979).