Barney Kulok (born New York, United States, 1981) is an American artist and photographer who lives and works in New York City. Kulok earned a Bachelor of Arts from Bard College in 2005. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at the Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery (New York), Wentrup Gallery (Berlin), Elizabeth Kaufmann Galerie and de Pury & Luxembourg (Zurich), Shinsegae Gallery (Seoul, Incheon, Busan), and Galerie Hussenot (Paris), where he is represented.
Following the New York debut of his collaborative video installation in Walls ‘N’ Things, a group exhibition of young artists curated by Clarissa Dalrymple at the Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery in 2005, Kulok was identified as one of the ten “23-Year-old Masters” by the Wall Street Journal. In that article artist Joel Sternfeld is quoted as introducing Kulok as a “young Mozart.” The New Yorker magazine called his 2007 solo exhibition “a cunning and memorable debut,” and critic Vince Aletti wrote “Working in a black-and-white and color and in a wide range of scales, Kulok turns out extremely self-conscious pictures of mostly ordinary things: bouquets of fake flowers in a car’s rear window, doorbells in a tenement foyer, a stained leatherette headrest, a wind-blown tree at night, a barn. But each of these images is tight, engaging an surprisingly elegant; the headrest is close to perfection.” Publications of Kulok’s work have included essays by architect Steven Holl, filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn, curator Joel Smith (The Morgan Library & Museum), and art historians Svetlana Alpers (Professor Emerita, UC Berkley) and Laurie Dahlberg (Bard College). His work has been reviewed and/or featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Artforum, Frieze, Bomb Magazine, Art Papers, Dossier, Aperture Magazine and Time Out NY, among others. A recipient of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s MCAF Grant, he has lectured at the New York Institute for the Humanities (New York University), Harvard University, Sarah Lawrence College, The University of Texas at Austin and the School of Visual Arts. Kulok’s work is in many private collections and in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, NY, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, and the Cleveland Clinic.