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Vanessa Beecroft

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VB 55, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, 2005 © Courtesy of the artist & Deitch Projects
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Sister Sculpture (white version), 2003/2004 Acqua Resin, Scent and Speakers 38 H X 22 W X 29 L Inches © Courtesy of the artist & Deitch Projects
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VB 52.002.nt Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy, 2004 89.76 X 69.68 Inches © Courtesy of the artist & Cosmic Galerie
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VB 64, Deitch Projects, New York, 2009 © Courtesy of the artist & Deitch Projects
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VBKW, Ace gallery, Los Angeles, 2008 © Courtesy of the artist & Ace Gallery
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Installation, Performance
Beecroft
Quick Facts
Birthplace
Genoa, Italy
Birth year
1969
Lives in
Los Angeles
Works in
Los Angeles
Representing galleries
Current Exhibitions and Events
Nov, 2016
PhotograpHER
Spazio Contemporanea
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.

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