Bill Beckley 

Born in Pennsylvania, United States, 1946


Bill Beckley has been widely recognized as an important photographer for more than three decades, both in the United States and abroad. Born in Hamburg, Pennsylvania in 1946, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Kutztown State University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Beckley achieved recognition from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1979. He also served on the New York Council of the Arts in 1973, 1976 and 1986. He was awarded a grant from the prestigious Pollack-Krasner Foundation in 1997. Since that time, his work has been placed numerous prestigious collections, including that of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Guggenheim Museum in New York, as well as the Whitney Museum of American Art.  


Mr. Beckley has also been the Editorial Director of Aesthetics Today, a series of books on contemporary issues in Aesthetics, since 1995.  Titles from this series include Lectures on ArtImaginary PortraitsUncontrollable Beauty, Toward a New AestheticsThe End of the Art WorldThe Beginning of the Art World and Sculpture in the Age of Doubt, all of which are published by Allworth Press and The School of Visual Arts, New York City. He has also lectured extensively throughout North America and Europe, and been a participant and keynote speaker in numerous scholarly symposia.   



Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Tyler School of Art


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2010  Retrospective: “Etcetera”, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York

2008  Chelsea Space, in conjunction with the Tate Gallery, London

2004  Studio Trisorio, Rome

2003  Gallery Park, Ryu-Sook, Seoul

2001  Fourteen Stations, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York

2001  New Works, Galerie Hans Mayer, Berlin

2000  Selected works 1970-1999, John Gibson Gallery, New York

1999  Anouk Tache and Carole Levy Gallery, Brussels

1998  Galerie Milano, Milan

1998  Galeria Trisorio, Naples

1998  Galerie Hans Mayer, Dusseldorf

1997  John Gibson Gallery, New York

1996  Ace Gallery, Los Angeles

1995  Five Easy Pieces, Ace Gallery, New York


Selected Exhibitions

2000  Critic as Grist, curated by Michael Portnoy and Marianne Vitale, White Box Gallery, New York

2000  Narrative, Studio G7, Bologna

2000  Sammlung Hoffman, Berlin

2000  Daimler-Benz collection, Berlin

1999  Sammlung Falckenberg Museum de bildenden Kunst, Leipzig

1999  17 Contemporary Artists from America, Italy and Mexico, The Menile Collection, Texas

1999  Heroines and Heroes, Cynthia Broan Gallery, New York

1999  Americans in France, The Fish Market, Perpignan

1998  Fotoz, Siquieros Koll Gallery, Los Angeles

1998  Project Plans, John Gibson Gallery, New York

1979  Projects Room, Museum of Modern Art, New York

1979  Whitney Biennial, New York

1977  “American Narrative/Story Art: 1967 – 1977”, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas

1976  Documenta, Kassel, Germany

1975  Venice Biennale

1973 Paris Biennale

1973  “National Imagery: Beckley, Ruscha, Warhol,” University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Selected Literature 

2000  Bill Beckley, ‘Sticky Sublime’, INTroduction for Sticky Sublime, Allworth Press, and the School of Visual Arts, New York

Bill Beckley, ‘All Names have Been Changed to Protect the Innocent’,

Afterword of Dialectic of Decadence, by Donald Kuspit, Allworth Press, New York

1999  Bill Beckley, ‘Sublimitas Mobilist’, Introduction to Beauty and the 

Contemporary Sublime, by Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe, Allworth Press, and the School of Visual Arts, New York

Bill Beckley, ‘Doubting Thomas’, Introduction to Sculpture in the Age of Doubt, by Thomas McEvilley, Allworth Press, and the School of Visual Arts, New York

1998  Tony Godfrey, Conceptual Art, Phaidon Press, London

Bill Beckley, ‘The Beginning of the Art World,’ Introduction to The End of the Art World, by Robert C. Morgan, Allworth Press, and the School of Visual Arts, New York

1997  Bill Beckley, ‘Generosity and the Black Swan’, Introduction to Uncontrollable

Beauty (Edited by Bill Beckley), Allworth Press, and the School of Visual Arts, New York


Selected Public Collections

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Whitney Museum, New York

Guggenheim Museum, New York

The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

The Tate Modern, London


Selected Private Collections

The Daimler Collections, Stuttgart, Germany

Sammlung Hoffman, Berlin, Germany

The Morton Neumann Family

Jeff Koons

Sol LeWitt