"I first encountered the work of Will Horwitt in the home of a collector. The work in question was placed high on a wall and shared company with, among other things, a Judd print. It was a black ink line drawing executed with a brush, composed of overlapping rounded off square shapes, one set upon another, minimal and pure. This drawing, more than any other of the many works in the entire room, captured my attention. At that same time, I also came to discover his bronze and wood sculptures which were equally compelling. What happened to this voice, I wondered, why had I not heard of Horwitt?
When I was able to see more of these drawings, my appreciation of the work grew. I discovered a zen-ike concentration in the controlled but exploratory quality of the line in his drawings, which ranged from vulnerable ragged tangles, to mono-lithic textural masses incised or defined by thick ribbons of ink. Other drawings seemed to map out pathways over propositional forms, some suggesting folds, others rings of sculptural line. In some, one senses the figure, in others, a random displacement of rocks on a forest floor. The drawings on display in this show set a quiet mood and evoke a feeling of purity and piety, not that of the sublime, but that found in the everyday.
Horwitt’s output related to many currents flowing around him at that time in New York City: which are mentioned below. It was clear from the start that this was work of merit; it needed to be seen. When I first contemplated opening and running a gallery from my building in Bushwick, the first show I wanted to do was Will’s. This, his mature and deeply felt work, had never risen fully to it’s proper place. I hope to right this fact in some small way with our exhibition of Will’s drawing from the 60’s."
Owner/Director Schema Projects
John Canaday wrote, “Mr. Horwitt is a most gratifying workman. The simplified, subtly warped forms in expressive balances are consistently mindful of Brancusi, but that is a good point of departure. Mr. Horwitt comes through as one of the strongest young sculptors around.” (NY Times, 1965)
Will Horwitt was represented in his lifetime by Lee Ault & Company and then Vanderwoude & Tananbaum Gallery.