Studio Music - Kurt Kauper

Added on by Mitchell Wright.

I was fortunate to overlap perfectly with Kurt's brief stay at the Museum School in Boston. I was a first year grad student in 1996, fresh out of Georgia, and he had just moved to Boston from LA, having recently finished his MFA at UCLA. I have always loved Kurt's paintings, and he was a very influential teacher for me and a lot of artists I know. At that time, he was the only person I knew who had an equal love for contemporary art, Ingres, and classical music.

-Ridley

I almost never listen to music. I used to listen a lot, but all of the music I used to like became boring to me. Now, only a few songs or pieces are things I go back to. Sometimes, I hear a song or a composition that I love, but when I listen to the rest of the artist’s work, it’s disappointing. The only exception is Bach, whose music I love more and more as the years pass; I probably love him more than any other artist in any form. And I can listen to the same piece over and over, without tiring of it. Bach’s music is both gorgeous, and yet somehow physically painful. I can’t explain that any further, other than to say that it’s a quality I want in art. Besides Bach, only a few stray songs—sometimes songs that I heard purely by chance—touch me for one reason or another. Some of them are here.

-Kurt 

Kurt Kauper was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and lives and works in New York city, His work can be found here.