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.  

 

Education

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, B.F.A.

Tyler School of Art, Temple University, M.F.A.

 

Academe

                Instructor, School of Visual Arts – 1970 to present

                 Lectures in: Semiotics, film and literature, the

philosophy of beauty

                 Instructor, New York University Graduate School: 1986

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

 

2018

Frieze New York, Bill Beckley: The Eighties􏰄Randalls Island, NY 

Elements of Romance, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia PA

The Name of the Rose, Recent Works, Studio G7, Bologna, Italy

After the Orgies: Bill Beckley Works 1980s-90s, 􏰡Albertz Benda, New York, NY

2016

Bill Beckley: Elements of Romance – Works from the Seventies, Studio Trisorio, Naples, Italy

2015

Bill Beckley: The Accidental Poet (The Avoidance of Everything), Albertz Benda, New York, NY

2014

Bill Beckley, An Answer from the Silence, Silvan Faessler Fine Art GmbH, Zug, Switzerland

2013

Bill Beckley: Facts (Fuck) I Love You, Friedman Benda, New York, NY Flag Attempts, Galerie Hans Mayer, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland RetrospectiveGalerie Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf, Germany

2011

Alternative Histories, Exit Art, New York, NY

P420 Arte contemporanea e libri, Bologna, Italy

Galerie Hans Mayer, Dusseldorf, Germany

Sammlung Hoffmann, Berlin, Germany

2010         

ArteFiera, Studio Trisorio, Napoli/Rome, Italy

New Works: Haben Gegenstände ein Gedächtnis, Galerie Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf, Germany

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

Rosenbaum Contemporary, Art Basel, Miami Beach, FL

2008      

Chelsea Space, in conjunction with the Tate Gallery, London

2004

Studio Trisorio, Rome

Studio Trisorio, Rome

2003

Gallery Park, Ryu-Sook, Seoul

2001       

Fourteen Stations, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York

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

Galeria Trisorio, Naples

Galerie Hans Mayer, Dusseldorf

1997

John Gibson Gallery, New York

1996

Ace Gallery, Los Angeles

1995

Five Easy Pieces, Ace Gallery, New York

1994

Galerie Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf, Germany

Foundation Chateau de Jau, Cases de Penes, France

1993

Galeria Pedro Oliveira, Porto, Portugal

1992

On The Road To Ra, American Opera Projects, New

York, NY Galleria Trisorio, Naples, Italy

1991

John Gibson Gallery, New York, NY

Drawings, Ace Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles

1990

Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France

1989

Galleria Milano, Milan, Italy Studio G-7, Bologna, Italy

1987

Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY Galerie Hans

Mayer, Düsseldorf, Germany

1986

Galerie Daniel T emplon, Paris, France John Gibson

Gallery, New York, NY

Galleria Trisorio, Naples, Italy

1984

Freidus/Ordover Gallery, New York, NY

Retrospective, Stadtisches Museum, Monchengladbach, Germany 

1983

John Gibson Gallery, New York, NY

Galerie Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf, Germany

1982

Studio Canaviello, Milan, Italy Bonlow Gallery, New York

1981

Galerie Daniel T emplon, Paris, France Marian Desson Gallery, Chicago, IL

International Center of Photography, New York, NY

Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, NY

1980

Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London, UK

Galerie Loyse Oppenheim, Geneva, Switzerland

1979

Galerie Vera Munro, Hamburg, Germany Nigel

Greenwood Gallery, London, UK

Galerie Denise Rene, Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf, Germany

1978

Studio G7, Bologna, Italy

Galerie Denise Rene, Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf, Germany

Art in Progress, Munich, Germany

1977

Galerie Daniel T emplon, Paris, France

Galerie Denise Rene, Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf, Germany

Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London, UK

1976

Galleria d'Allesandro, Ferranti, Rome, Italy John

Gibson Gallery, New York, NY

Galleria Lucio Amelio, Naples, Italy

1975

Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France

Galerie Patrick Verelst - Marc Poitier dit Caulier,

Antwerp, Belgium Steinway Hall, New York, NY

Galleria Francoise Lambert, Milan, Italy

Gallery 20, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1974

Gallery 20, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Francoise

Lambert, Milan, Italy

John Gibson Gallery, New York, NY

1973

John Gibson Gallery, New York, NY Nigel Greenwood

Gallery, London, UK

Galerie Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf, Germany

1972          

98 Greene Street, Holly Solomon, New York, NY 112

Greene Street Gallery, New York, NY

Gallery 20, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Galerie

Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne, Germany Galleria Francoise

Lambert, Milan, Italy

1971         

93 Grand Street, New York, NY

1969          

Wabash Transit Gallery, Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL

 

Selected Exhibitions

 

2017-2018

Narrative Art, Musée d􏰢art moderne et contemporain de Saint-Etienne, Saint-Priest-en-Jarez, France

 

2015

Art on Camera: Photographs by Shunk-Kender, 1960-1971, MoMA, New York, NY

 

2014-2015

Bad Thoughts – Collection Martjiin and Jeannette Sanders, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

 

2013

Color, Andrae Kaufmann Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Galerie Hans Mayer, Dusseldorf, Germany

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music, Friedman Benda, New York, NY

2011            

Narration works of 1970 by Bill Beckley, Peter Hutchinson and Franco Vaccari, P420 Arte contemporanea e libri, Bologna, Italy

112 Greene Street: A Nexus of Ideas in the Early 70s, Salomon Contemporary, New York, NY

2010

Alternative Histories, Exit Art, New York

2004

Behind the Facts, 1968-1974, Curated by Gloria Maure, Miro Foundation, Barcelona, Spain

Behind the Facts, 1968-1974, Curated by Gloria Maure, Servalles Museum, Porto, Portugal

Behind the Facts, 1968-1974, Curated by Gloria Maure Miro Foundation, Kassel, Germany

Four Artists, Dorfman Projects, New York

2002

Made in USA: Keith Haring, Robert Longo, Kenny Scharf, Bill Beckley, Ludwig Galerie, Schloss Oberhausen, Germany

Art Downtown, curated by Richard Marshal, New York

1968-1977, L’art en cause, Capo Musée d􏰢art Contemporain de Bordeaux, France

2000         

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

Narrative, Studio G7, Bologna

Sammlung Hoffman, Berlin

Daimler-Benz collection, Berlin

1999

Sammlung Falckenberg Museum de bildenden Kunst, Leipzig

17 Contemporary Artists from America, Italy and Mexico, The Menile

Collection, Texas

Heroines and Heroes, Cynthia Broan Gallery, New York

Americans in France, The Fish Market, Perpignan

1998

Fotoz, Siquieros Koll Gallery, Los Angeles

Project Plans, John Gibson Gallery, New York

1979

Projects Room, Museum of Modern Art, New York

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

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

 

Literature/ Publications 

 

Editorial Director of Aesthetics Today (1995 to present) a series of books on contemporary issues in aesthetics, published by Allworth Press and The School of Visual Arts, New York City which includes the following books:

 

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

 

Awards

Pollock-Krasner Grant, 1997

New York Council of the Arts, 1986

National Endowment of the Arts, 1979

New York Council of the Arts, 1976

New York Council of the Arts, 1973

 

Selected Public Collections

 

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.

The Museum of Modern Art, New York (3 works)

The Guggenheim Museum, New York (4 works)

The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2 works)

Boston Museum of Fine Arts, MA. (3 works)

Sammlung Hoffmann, Berlin, Germany (70 works)

La Jolla Museum, San Diego, CA (MCASD)

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England

Musee Ceret, France

Basel Kunst Museum, Switzerland

Monchengladbach Museum, Germany

National Gallery of Art, Washington

Musee d'art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland

 

Selected Private Collections

 

Sol LeWitt, Conn.

Jeff Koons, New York

Morton Neuman collection, Chicago

Dolores Neumann, New York

Ed Downe, New York

Holly Solomon, New York

Hans Mayer, Dusseldorf, Germany

Norman Dubrow, New York

Lise Toubon, Paris, France

Carla Pelligrini, Milan, Italy

David and Lindsey Shapiro, New York

Douglas Christmas, Los Angeles

Daimler Benz, Stuttgart, Germany

Sylvian Perlstein, Belgium

George Waterman, New York

Gerhard and Lydia Hanske, Essen, Germany

Isy Brachot, Brussels, Belgium

Rolf Krass, Stuttgart, Germany

Klaus Wolf, Essen, Germany

Kamran Diba, Paris, France

Sabine and Bernard Duare, Perpignan, France

Francesco Pellizi, New York

Dr. P. Rau, Berlin, Germany

DG Bank, Frankfort, Germany

Chase Manhattan, New York

David Quinn, London, England

Yvon Lambert, Paris, France

Ruth and Jake Bloom, Los Angeles

Esther Gruthen, Basel, Switzerland

Richard Oudenhuysen, The Netherlands

 

Lectures/Symposiums

 

1998

Interview: On Recent Art with David Shapiro, MSG TV, New York, October Lecture: On recent work, University of the Arts Napoli, Naples, Italy, May Symposium "Uncontrollable Beauty" with Wendy Steiner, Lillie Wei, and Bill Beckley, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, Nov.

Keynote speaker: Discussion on Art and Design Theory affiliated with the 1998 International Association of Art and Design Schools, General Assembly New York - (founded in the Bauhaus, Dessau) October Symposium 'Uncontrollable Beauty' with Arthur Danto, Peter Schjeldahl, Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe, and Bill Beckley at the School of Visual Arts, New York, May

1984

Symposium: On Art and Language with Benjamin Buchloh, Martha Rossler, David Shapiro, and Bill Beckley, School of Visual Arts

1982

Lecture: On recent work: Princeton University

1979

Symposium: On Narrative Art, University of Calgary, Canada, with Mac Adams and Jim Collins

1973

Lecture: On Narrative Art: Royal College of Art: London