Dan Witz was born in 1957 in Chicago, Illinois, and attended Cooper Union in New York City’s East Village. In 1982 he received an NEA grant, and in 1992 and 2000 he won fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts. His book “The Birds of Manhattan” was published in 1983 (Skinny Books). A monograph, “Dan Witz, In Plain View, 30 Years of Artworks Illegal and Otherwise,” was published by Gingko Press (2010). Solo exhibitions include Semaphore Gallery in NY (1985 and 1986), Clementine Gallery (1996), StolenSpace, London (2007), multiple shows at DFN Gallery, Carmichael Gallery, LA (2009), White Walls, San Francisco (2011), Jonathan Levine Gallery (2011 and 2016), Lazarides Gallery (2013), Gestalten Space, Berlin (2013), and Wunderkammern Gallery, Rome (2014). Group exhibitions include: “Buying Time: Nourishing Excellence,” Sotheby’s NY (2001), “Fifteen,” NYFA Fellows at Deutsche Bank, NY (1999), “Submission” (curated by Juxtapoz) Fuse Gallery, NY (2005), “From The Streets of Brooklyn,” Think Space Gallery, LA (2009), “Beach Blanket Bingo,” Jonathan Levine Gallery NY (2009) and “Bedlam,” Lazarides Gallery (2012). Witz lives and works in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
For this very special extended length ART OF THE STREET Episode we followed the Brooklyn-based street artist Dan Witz on his journey through the streets of Dresden. Witz did not just left his art inside Magic City, he also brought the “Do Not Enter” project to the streets of Dresden, creating his own modifications – sometimes humorous, sometimes politically charged. The signs have been placed already on the streets of New York, Vienna, Norway, Poland, and now: Dresden. The bald, white face that appears in many of the signs is Witz himself. Besides that the artist talks about his “Breathing Room” phonecell project he brought from London to Magic City.