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BILL BECKLEY
21 april - 6 july

The conceptual artist, Bill Beckley, privileges photography as a means of expression. During the 60s he founded the Narrative Art movement which used a combination of photographic reproductions, advertising photos and texts, and writings to subvert the meaning of the images. In 2000, inspired by a vase of lilies, Bill Beckley began to photograph flower stems. He uses a traditional camera to make slides which he transfers to digital files. The stems, perfectly focused to highlight their texture and set against a neutral background, lose every realistic connotation. The use of a large format and unusual titles such as American Gothic 1, Rendezvous in Tianamnen Square, The Aftermath, Midnight, and Last Judgment, contribute to the increasing abstraction of the subjects, to the extent that we can find similarities, as the artist himself suggests, with oriental ideograms. Curated by: Laura Trisorio

Bill Beckley
Born in Hamburg, Pennsylvania, in 1946, he has taught at the New York School of Visual Arts since 1970. He has had solo exhibitions in the most prestigious galleries in Europe and the United States including: the Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York; Ace Gallery, Los Angeles; John Gibson Gallery, New York; Daniel Templon Gallery, Paris; Hans Mayer gallery, Düsseldorf; Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Seoul; Nigel Greenwood Gallery. Bill Beckley has also exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and the International Centre of Photography in New York.


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