WOUTER DERUYTTER


Anachronism Abroad

Cowboy Code




Wouter Deruytter
Born in Belgium, 1967. Lives and works in New York (USA)

INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS

2011
Galerie Torch, Amsterdam (N) (Billboards, NY)
Art Chicago, Barry Singer Gallery, (Billboards, NY & Wicked Creek)
2010
Galeria Omar Alonso, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (Eroie Onore)

2009
Galeria Omar Alonso, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (Wicked Creek)

2008
Light & Sie Gallery, TX Dallas, U.S.A (Wicked Creek) (cat.)
Galeria Omar Alonso, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (homage to Maurice Béjart) (cat.
Oswald Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming, U.S.A. (Crow Warriors)
2007
Galeria Omar Alonso, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (Homenage to Maurice Béjart)
Apex Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA (USA) (Billboards, NY)
Hamiltons, London (Billboards, NY)
United Nations, New York (Crow Warriors)
2006
Caermersklooster Museum, Ghent (B) (Billboards, NY) (cat.)
Galeria Omar Alonso, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (Billboards, NY)
Packard Reath Gallery, Lewes, DE (USA) (Cowboy Code)

2005
Chelsea Art Museum, New York (Billboards, NY) (cat.)
Wessel + O’Connor Gallery, New York, (Billboards, NY)
Briggs Robinson Gallery, New York (Crow Warriors) (cat.)
George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles (Arabian Knights)
Galeria Omar Alonso, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (Crow Warriors)

2004
Galerie Torch, Amsterdam (N) (Arabian Knights)
Galeria Omar Alonso, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (Circus in Egypt)

2003
Musei Centrale Montemartini, FotoGrafia, Festival Internazionale, Rome (Il Codice Dei Cowboy)
Galeria Omar Alonso, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (Arabian Knights)
Wessel + O’Connor Gallery, Paris Photo, Paris (Arabian Knights: Negative) (cat.)

2002
Galeria Omar Alonso, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (Anachronism Abroad) (cat.)

2001
RoseGallery, Santa Monica, U.S.A. (Cowboy Code)
Galeria des Artistes, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (Cowboys & Indians: Brave in the West)
Galerie James Van Damme, Brussels (B) (Rodeo Days)

2000
Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico (Codigo Vaquero (Cowboy Code))
Wessel + O’Connor Gallery, New York (Cowboys & Indians; Brave in the West)
Museo del Pueblo, Festival Internacional Cervantino, Guanajuato, Mexico (Caballeros Árabes) (cat.)
Galería Óscar Román, Mexico City (Brave in the West)

1999
Galerie Annette De Keyser, Antwerp (B) (Cowboys & Indians; Brave in the West)
Bogarden Chapel, Brugge (B) (Egypt in 7 Days)

1998
Galerie Annette De Keyser, Antwerp (B) (Arabian Knights)

1997
Museum Of Modern Art (PMMK), Oostende, (B) (Knights of the Impossible) (book)
Galerie De Lege Ruimte, Gent (B) (Transgenderism)
Stadsschouwburg Brugge, (B) (Valentino Mania)
Grammercy Contemporary Photography Fair, New York (Lunn Ltd.) (Arabian Knights)

1996
Galerie Annette De Keyser, Antwerp (B) (Circus in Egypt and Anachronism Abroad Continues)
Galerie Torch, Amsterdam (The Netherlands) (Anachronism Abroad)
Galerie Van Laethem, Rekkem (B) (Valentino Mania) (book)
Mois de la Photo, Paris (Galerie Boulakia) (Circe1995
Gallery Zelda Cheatle, London (Transgenderism and Circus in Egypt)

1994
Galerie Annette De Keyser, Antwerp (B) (Messers. McDermott & McGough: Anachronism Abroad)

1993
Galerie Gyselinck, Kortrijk (B) (Jem Jender & Co: New York Drag Queens and their Nightclubs)

1990
Galerie Contact J., Antwerp (B) (original works from the book “Brussel…?”)
La Fenice, Venice (dance photographs of the Ballet Béjart Lausanne)

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2006
Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, (IFA Gallery), Berlin, Germany
“Nazar / Photographs from the Arab World” (Arabian Knights)
Wessel + O’Connor Gallery, at Aipad, New York (Billboards, NY)

2005
Corpus Brugge 05, PMMK / Museum of Modern Art at Seminary, Bruges, (Belgium)
“SOUL” (Arabian Knights: Negative) (cat.)
FotoFest, ArtCar Museum, Houston, Texas, (USA)
“Nazar / Photographs from the Arab World” (Arabian Knights) (book)
Langhans Galerie Praha, Czech Republic
“Nazar / Photographs from the Arab World” (Arabian Knights)
Planet Gender, Ghent, (Belgium)
“Planet Gender“ (Transgenderism)
FotoMuseum, Antwerp, (Belgium)
“Belgische Fotografen 1840 -2005“ (book)
Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, (IFA Gallery), Stuttgart, Germany
“Nazar / Photographs from the Arab World” (Arabian Knights)
George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles (summer show)
Galeria Omar Alonso, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
“Landscapes”
Galerie S. & H. De Buck, Gent, Belgium
“De lichte kamer” project by Johan Swinnen (book)
Wessel + O’Connor Gallery, New York (20th Anniversary)

2000
Photofestival Noorderlicht, Leeuwarden, (the Netherlands)
“Nazar / Photographs from the Arab World” (Arabian Knights) (cat.)
8th International Photographic Gathering, Aleppo, (Syria)
“Nazar / Photographs from the Arab World” (Arabian Knights)
Packard Reath Gallery, Lewes, Delaware, USA
“Peek”
Fifty-One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp, Belgium
“Fifty One celebrates four years”
Wessel + O’Connor Gallery, at Aipad, New York
“Explicit; the male form in photography”
Radiant Light Gallery, Portland, Maine, USA
“Growing Up Absurd”

2003
Museum Boehringer Ingelheim, Germany
“Das Geheimnis der Photographie” (cat.)
Kunsthal, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
“Vier eeuwen roken in de kunst”
Fifty-One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp, Belgium
“BelgiaNomads” (Arabian Knights)
Kube-X, Brussels, Belgium
“Urban Tribes” (Transgenderism)

2002
Winston Wachter Mayer Fine Art, New York
“Horses: A History in Art”
Art Forum Berlin (Galerie Kicken) (Arabian Knights)
The Armory Show – The International Fair of New Art, New York (Galerie Torch)
Wessel + O’Connor Gallery, at Aipad, New York (Anachronism Abroad)
Galeria Omar Alonso, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
“Realidad – Reality”

2001
Museum Of Modern Art (PMMK), Oostende, (B)
“Between Earth and Heaven – New Classical Movements in the Art of Today” (cat.)
Wessel + O’Connor Gallery, New York
“Appearances”
Candace Perich Gallery, Katonah, NY
“Horse”
Paris Photo, Paris (Galerie Torch)
Wessel + O’Connor Gallery, at Aipad, New York (Cowboy Code)

2000
Axel Vervoordt – Kanaal, Wijnegem Antwerp
Cultureel Centrum De Spil, Roeselare (B)
“Valentino Mania”

1999
Liste, Basel (Annette De Keyser)
Galerie Jerôme de Noirmont, Paris
“Keith Haring” (cat.)
Fondation Dina Vierny – Musée Maillol, Paris
“Keith Haring” (cat.)
Casino Knokke, Belgium
“Keith Haring” (cat.)

1997
Marlborough Gallery, New York
“Portraits; 19th and 20th Century Photography”
David Adamson Gallery, Washington, D.C.
“Myths”
The Art Show at the Armory, New York (Lunn Ltd.)
Art 28’97, Basel (Hamiltons London)
Modernism – Photography, New York (Lunn Ltd.)
Paris Photo, Paris (Lunn Ltd.)
Filmmuseum Amsterdam (NL)
“Divo”

1996
Galleria Claudia Gian Ferrari Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
“1936” (with McDermott and McGough) (curated by Gian Enzo Sperone) (cat.)
Belfort, Brugge, Belgium
“Girls! Bad Girls?” (curated by Andre Willocx)
Beam Gallery, Nijmegen (NL)
“False Notions” (cat.)
Museum Van Bommel Van Dam Venlo, The Netherlands + Stadshallen, Brugge, Belgium
“Beeldding” (cat.)
Art 27’96, Basel (Lunn Ltd. and Claudia Gian Ferrari Arte Contemporanea)
Museum Palazza Re Enzo, Bologna, Italy
“Divo” (with the Dalemans Brothers about Rudolpho Valentino)
Galerie Francoise Paviot, Paris
“Anachronism Abroad” (Mois de la Photo)
Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris
“Double vie, double vue” (Mois de la Photo) (cat.)

1995
Robert Miller Gallery, New York
“The Tibetan Show” (curated by Diego Cortez)
Museum of Contemporary Art, Gent, Belgium
“25 years of photography at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts” (cat.)
Banana Republic, SoHo, New York (permanent installation)
Contemporary Art Society, London (Zelda Cheatle)

1994
Chapelle de la Sorbonne, Paris (Mois de la Photo)
“Pourquoi Bruxelles” (curated by Musée de la Photographie Charleroi, B) (cat.)
The Photography Show, New York (AIPAD) (Lunn Ltd.)
“Anachronism Abroad”
Decouvertes, Paris (Lebon/Lunn)
“Anachronism Abroad”
Art 25’95 Basel (Special Exhibition on Photography)
“Love”

1990
Benson & Hedges traveling exhibition through Germany
“Discovering Gold” (painted nudepictures) (cat.)

1988
FNAC, Brussels (first prize)
“A summer of festivals”
National Theatre, London (second prize)
“Children in Photography” (International Contest of Red Cross)

PUBLICATIONS (selected)

Monographs (BOOKS):
Cowboy Code : Arena Editions, U.S.A., 2000
Knights of the Impossible: Museum of Modern Art, Ostend / Stichting Kunstboek, Belgium, 1997
Valentino Mania: Belgium (in collaboration with the Dalemans Brothers about Rudolpho Valentino), 1996
Tu Tu Much, Jem Jender: Seibu International, Japan, 1991
Brussel…?: s.l. (in collaboration with Maurice Béjart), 1990

Monographs (CATALOGUES):
Billboards, New York: Caermersklooster Museum, Gent Belgium, 2006
Billboards, NY: Chelsea Art Museum, New York, 2005
Crow Warriors : Briggs Robinson Gallery, New York, 2005
Caballeros Árabes: Museo del Pueblo / Festival Int. Cervantino, Mexico, 2000
Codigo Vaquero: Museo de Arte Carillo Gil, Mexico City, 2000
Circus in Egypt : s.l., 1995
Anachronism Abroad s.l., 1994 and 1996
Transgenderism: s.l., 1993
Three Nights of The Sphinx: Cairo Opera House, 1991

Anthologies (BOOKS):
Nazar (Photographs from the Arab World): Aperture, New York, 2005
Soul: Museum of Modern Art, Ostend / Stichting Kunstboek, Belgium,2005
Belgium Photographers: FotoMuseum Antwerpen / Ludion, London, 2005
Keith Haring: Taschen, Germany, 2004
Volume 6: Flesh and Spirit: 21st: The Journal of Contemporary Photography, USA, 2004
Bravehearts / Men in Skirt: Abrams, USA, 2004 (with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY)
Men in Skirts: Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2003
Das Geheimnis der Photographie: Museum Boehringer Ingelheim, Germany, 2003
Keith Haring – Heaven and Hell : Hatje Cantz Publishers, Germany, 2002
Walid Aouni, Dix Annèes d’Egypte: Modern Printing, Cairo, 2002
Beeldende Kunst 96/97/98: Collection of Flemish Community, 2001
Between Earth and Heaven: Museum of Modern Art (PMMK), Ostend, Belgium, 2001
Keith Haring: Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1997
1936; McDermott & McGough : Charta, Milano, Italy, 1996
Double Vie, Double Vue : Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris, France, 1996
Drags, de wereld van de travestie: Gaade-Unieboek, Amsterdam, 1995
Drag Diaries Chronicle Books/Umbra Ed., New York, 1995

Anthologies (CATALOGUES):
Nazar (Photographs from the Arab World): Noorderlicht, The Netherlands, 2004
Foto Grafia, Festival Int. di Roma: Zone Attive, Rome, Italy, 2003
Fotoseptiembre International : Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City, 2000 (+ cover)
Keith Haring: Fondation Dina Vierny, Paris, 1999
Keith Haring – 12 sculptures: Galerie Jerôme de Noirmont, Paris, 1999
Souvenirs; Keith Haring : Casino Knokke, Belgium, 1999
Mois de la Photo: Maison Européenne de la Photographie, France, 1996
Beeldding : Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Belgium, 1996
False Notions : Beam Gallery production, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 1996
25 jaar optie Fotografie & Film : Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten, Gent, Belgium, 1995
Pourquoi Bruxelles: Paris-Audiovisuel, France, 1994
Discovering Gold: Benson & Hedges, Hamburg, Germany, 1990

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

1989 Herman Keppy, “Het mooiste aan Brussel is haar lelijkheid”, Focus Magazine, The Netherlands, June 1989, p. 32 – 37

1990 Bo Mandeville, “Magnificent “Brussels…?”. Wouter Deruytter: The Ugliness of Brussels is its Most Beautiful Aspect”, Het Laatste Nieuws / De Nieuwe Gazet, Belgium, 26 May 1990

1991 Herman Keppy, “Medaille van New Yorkse Travestie”, Focus Magazine, The Netherlands, Dec. 1991, p. 43 – 47

1994 Max Borka, “Floating in Mid-Air”, Knack Magazine, Belgium, 22 June 1994, p. 88

1995 Sarah Kent, “Masquerade – Wouter Deruytter”, Time Out, England, Oct 25, 1995

1996 Jean Philip De Tender, “Wouter Deruytter: The World Seen Through The Lens”, Uitkomst, Belgium, July 1996

Philppe Boulakia, “Cirque en Egypte”, exhibition catalogue, Mois de la Photo, Paris, 1996, p. 146-147

Herman Keppy, “Anachronism Abroad”, Focus Magazine, The Netherlands, June 1996, p. 16-17

Lene Kemps, “Wouter Deruytter travels, watches and registers. A photographer of small worlds, Tintin with his camera”, Weekend Knack Magazine, Belgium, 22 May 1996

Lene Kemps, “The Year of the Drag”, Knack Magazine, Belgium, 10 Jan 1996, p. 18-21

Christine Vuegen, “Cheerful, yet somewhat tragic. Wouter Deruytter likes to see himself as Tintin”, Kunstbeeld, Belgium, June 1996, p. 34-36

Jaak Sleypen, “Making The Impossible Possible”, Kontakt Magazine, Belgium, May 1996

Sven Lütticken, “Anecdotes about Jesus Christ”, Het Parool, The Netherlands, 7 June 1996

Karel Van Keymeulen, De Gentenaar, Belgium, 1996

1997 W. Van den Bussche (Head curator PMMK)”Wouter Deruytter”, Knights of the Impossible, Museum Modern Art, Ostend, Belgium, 1997

Max Borka, “Knights of the Impossible”, Knights of the Impossible, Museum Modern Art, Ostend, Belgium, 1997

Gilbert Roox, “Lighter than Gravity”, De Standaard Magazine, Belgium, Nov 28, 1997, p. 16-18

Bert Popelier “Beyond the Pale”, Tijdcultuur, cultural supplement to De Financieel-Economische Tijd, Dec 3, 1997

Annemie Morisse, “I’d rather take the elevator”, De Krant van West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, 28 Nov 1997

Annemie Morisse, “Wouter Deruytter photographs from his inner-belly”, Gazet van Antwerpen, Belgium, 2 Dec 1997

Bert Popelier, “Beyond The Pale”, Tijdcultuur (cultural supplement to De Financieel-Economische Tijd), 3 Dec 1997

Marc Holthof, Weekend Knack Magazine, Belgium, 24 Dec 1997

Johan Debruyne, “Deruytter in Catacombs”, De Karnt van West Vlaanderen, Belgium,31 Jan 1997

1998 Martin Tytgat, “The Adventures of Tintin”, Het Volk, Belgium, Feb 14-15, 1998

Portfolio “Sphinx” and “Sharjah, U.A.E.”, Aujourd’hui l’Egypte, Egypt, No. 40, 1998, p. 41 – 72

2000 Peter Jacobs, “Lieve Cowboys van Montana”, De Standaard Magazine, Belgium, 9 Nov 2000, p. 14 – 17

John Wood, “Youthful Elegance and the Masks of Destiny”, Cowboy Code, Arena Editions, USA, p. 5 – 27

John Wood, “Caballeros Árabes / Arabian Knights”, exhibition catalogue, Festival Internacional Cervantino, Mexico, Sept 2000

David Noh, “Wild wild west”, Blade News, New York, Oct 6, 2000

David Garza, “Cowboy Code”, The Austin Chronicle, USA, Dec 15, 2000

Jacqueline R. Vaquero, “Código Vaquero – Museo Carrillo Gil”, Excelsior, Mexico, Sept 6, 2000

Merry Mac Masters, “Deseo, masculinidad y erotismo, subyacentes en Código vaquero”, La Jornada, Mexico, 17 Sep 2000

2001 Richard Buckley (Editor-in-chief), “Wouter Deruytter: Profile”, Vogue Hommes International, Spring 2001, p. 68 – 70

Max Borka, “Wouter Deruytter”, Between Earth and Heaven – New Classical Movements in the Art Today, Museum of Modern Art (PMMK), Belgium, p. 146 – 147

Jean Dykstra, “Cowboy Code”, Art on Paper, USA, May-June 2001

Nikos Leverenz, “The West Lives On!”, amazon.com, Sacramento, CA, USA, Feb 26, 2001

David Bryant, Library Journal + amazon.com, New Canaan Lib., CT, USA, 2001

Midwest Book Review, “Images of the American West”, amazon.com, Oregon, WI, USA, Aug 9, 2001

Frédérick Boutry, “Cowboy Code”, GUS magazine, Belgium, March/April 2001, p. 20-21

2002 Paco Ojeda, Vallarta Voice, Mexico, Issue 6, April 2002, cover

Howard Stuart, “Small Town Rodeo”, amazon.com, New York, USA, Aug 7, 2002

2003 Miguel Camacho (editor), “Life is an Adventure”, ámbito, Puerto Vallarta., Mexico, 2 Feb 2001

Max Lewicz, “Belgian Nomads”, FreEye Magazine, The Netherlands, Nr 3, 2003, p. 125

John Wessel, “When is a negative not negative?”, exhibition catalogue, Paris Photo, Nov 2003

2004 Siobhan Wall, “Wouter Deruytter: Knights of the Impossible”, Eyemazing Magazine, The Netherlands, Nr 3, 2004, p. 138

Salvador L. Cortes, “Wouter Deruytter: Knights of the Impossible”, ModernRare, Chicago, USA, July 2004

Anna Holtzman, “NY Billboards”, Eyemazing Magazine (moving gallery for international contemporary photography), Nr 4, Fall 2004, p. 92-99

Eva van Berne, “Fotografie in Nederland. Interview met Adriaan van der Have”, Kunstlicht, The Netherlands, Nr 1/2, 2004, p.34

Morri Creech: “Discourse on Desire”, John Wood: “Nudes and Claws”, 21st: The Journal of Contemporary Photography, MA, USA,
Volume 6, 2004, p35-39, p69-73

2005 Vicki Goldberg, “Sizing It Up”, exhibition catalogue Billboards, NY, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, Aug 2005

John Wood, “Crow Warriors”, exhibition catalogue, Briggs Robinson Gallery, New York, Sept 2005

Julia Draganovic, “Gulliver’s World”, exhibition catalogue Billboards, NY, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, Aug 2005

Wim Melis, “Nazar; View of arab photography”, Zoom Magazine International, Italy, March/April 2005, p. 6 – 8

Emmanuelle Soichet, “Deruytter’s New York: Billboards, Sex and Indifference in the City”, ArtInfo.com (USA), 1 Aug 2005

Dan Bischoff, “Living Large: Turning the camera on NY’s billboards”, The Star-Ledger, NJ, USA, 7 Aug 2005

James Gardner, “Wouter Deruytter: Billboards, NY”, New York Post, USA, 26 Aug 2005

2006 Matt Damsker, “Billboards, New York”, E-Photo Newsletter, Issue 104, Pennsilvania , USA, April 18, 2006 .

Miguel Camacho (editor), “Wouter Deruytter’s Billboards, New York Series”, ámbito, Puerto Vallarta., Mexico, 12 March 2006

Robert Theunissen, “Wouter Deruytter”, Focus Magazine, The Netherlands, May 2006, p. 24

Eva Berghmans, De Standaard Magazine, Belgium, 22 April 2006, p. 14 – 18 (+cover)

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Museum of Modern Art (PMMK), Ostend, Belgium
Flemish Community, Brussels, Belgium
Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France
L.U.M.C. (AZL) Collection, Leiden, The Netherlands
City Council Roeselare, Belgium
Sprint Corporation, USA

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS (selected)

Besides many collections in every continent of the world; some of the more known collectors:
Leo Castelli, NY
Gian Enzo Sperone, Turin
Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich
Robert Fisher, San Francisco
Harry Lunn, Paris
Sir Elton John, London



Born in Belgium, 1967. Lives and works in New York (USA).

The photographs of Belgian photographer Wouter Deruytter offer us a view into worlds not usually opened to us. Always on the lookout for adventure, he likes to see himself as a modern day Tintin, photographing his experiences along the way. Through his lens we get to look inside cultures as diverse as the New York drag scene and the life of wealthy oil sheiks behind their palace walls. In his photographs Deruytter tries to find both the extreme and the intimate of these private communities. He tries to tell us that it is possible to exist outside the grand happening of things, that although always changing, people can live outside the times they live in.
His photographs of rodeo cowboys in America make this abundantly clear. These cowboys show us a world thought (even by themselves) to be long gone. Deruytter isn’t purely historical or even nostalgic in his choice of pictures, he also tries to show the clash (or cooperation) with modern times. Being a real traveling reporter, he wants to show the noble and the tragic side of folklore. He looks for the balance between the theatrical and the real in a culture that feels unreal itself. Through these rare peeks into the lives of eccentric people we can vicariously feel adventurous ourselves.


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