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Vanessa Beecroft

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Beecroft

Birthplace
Genoa, Italy

Birth year
1969

Lives in
Los Angeles

Works in
Los Angeles

Representing galleries

Statement

Vanessa Beecroft is an Italian contemporary artist. Her work is a fusion of conceptual issues and aesthetic concerns, focusing on large-scale performance art, usually involving live female models (often nude). At her performances, video recordings and photographs are made, to be exhibited as documentation of the performances, but also as separate works of art. The work and her conceptual approach is neither performance nor documentary, but something in between, and closer to Renaissance painting. She sets up a structure for the participants in her live events to create their own ephemeral composition. The performances are existential encounters between models and audience, their shame and their expectations. Each performance is made for a specific location and often references the political, historical, or social associations of the place where it is held. Beecroft’s work is deceptively simple in its execution, provoking questions around identity politics and voyeurism in the complex relationship between viewer, model and context.

Recent Exhibits

Vanessa Beecroft participated in these exhibits:

Nov, 2013 Inside this Human Clay
ltd los angeles
 
Oct, 2013 UNA DÉCADA QUE DEJA HUELLA
Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga
 
Mar, 2013 AN IDEA OF BEAUTY
Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina (CCCS)
 
Oct, 2012 La collection Giuliana et Tommaso Setari, retour à l’intime.
La Maison Rouge
 
May, 2012 Theatre of Life
Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu
 
May, 2012 Beautiful Penis
galerie Nuke
 
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