BILL BECKLEY
BILL BECKLEY - Artist

Elements of Romance, 1977
Cibachrome photographs
mounted photos: 39.5 x 42.5 inches/100.3 x 108 cm (each)
framed: 49.75 x 50.5 inches/126.4 x 128.3 cm (each)
Edition of 3

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Born in 1946 in Hamburg, Pennsylvania, a small farming town in the Amish countryside, Bill Beckley attended college at Kutztown University from 1964 to 1968 and in 1970 received a Master of Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. There he studied with Italo Scanga, who introduced him to former students and friends, including Bruce Nauman, Dan Flavin, Sol LeWitt, and Marcia Tucker, then a curator at the Whitney Museum.  His work was included in “Art in the Mind” (1969), the first conceptual art exhibition in the United States.


He moved from Philadelphia to New York City in the summer of 1970 and lived for a time on a sailboat off City Island. He was one of the artists (along with Gordon Matta Clark, Rafi Ferrer, Barry Le Va, Jeffery Lew, Bill Bollinger, and Alan Saret) who organized the first exhibition of the legendary gallery 112 Greene Street Workshop in SoHo in October 1970. 

 

Bill Beckley’s photographs have been included in the Paris Biennale, The Venice Biennale, Documenta, and The Whitney Biennial.  His work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum; The Museum of Modern Art; The Guggenheim, New York; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC; The Daimler Collection, Stuttgart; The Hoffman Collection, Berlin, and the Tate Gallery, London.

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BILL BECKLEY - Artist
Bill Beckley, the Eighties
May 3-5, 2018
Booth SP21, Randalls Island, New York
BILL BECKLEY - Artist
January 25 - March 10, 2018
albertz benda, New York
BILL BECKLEY - Artist
Miami Beach
December 2 - December 6, 2015
Booth B34
BILL BECKLEY - Artist
Bill Beckley—1968-1978
September 10 - October 3, 2015
Albertz Benda, New York, NY
Best Booth at Frieze New York: Bill Beckley, the E...
Best Booth at Frieze New York: Bill Beckley, the Eighties
Quiet Lunch
May 4, 2018
The Good, the Bad, and the Forgettable at Frieze N...
The Good, the Bad, and the Forgettable at Frieze New York
Hyperallergic
May 3, 2018
A Tour of Frieze New York 2018
A Tour of Frieze New York 2018
ARTNEWS
May 2, 2018
In Philly Galleries Now - Bill Beckley: Revisiting...
In Philly Galleries Now - Bill Beckley: Revisiting a ’70s conceptualist out of Tyler
The Philadelphia Inquirer
March 22, 2018
Critics' Picks: Bill Beckley
Critics' Picks: Bill Beckley
ARTFORUM
February 23, 2018
Bill Beckley
Bill Beckley
Division|Review
Spring 2017
Untitled, Art, Miami Beach
Untitled, Art, Miami Beach
December 11, 2015
Highlights from Untitled Miami 2015
Highlights from Untitled Miami 2015
Blouin Art Info
December 2, 2015
Accidentally on Purpose: Bill Beckley at Albertz B...
Accidentally on Purpose: Bill Beckley at Albertz Benda
Artcritical
October 3, 2015
New York: The Accidental Poet (The Avoidance of Ev...
New York: The Accidental Poet (The Avoidance of Everything) by Bill Beckley at Albertz Benda
L'Oeil de la Photographie
September 22, 2015
Beyond Design
Beyond Design
Blouin Art + Auction
September 2015
For the Birds
For the Birds
W Magazine
September 16, 2015
North America's Must-See Exhibitions This Fall
North America's Must-See Exhibitions This Fall
ArtSlant
September 7, 2015
In a SoHo Loft, New York City’s 1970s Art Scene...
In a SoHo Loft, New York City’s 1970s Art Scene Lives On
Curbed
August 3, 2015
Bill Beckley
Bill Beckley
Whitewall
Summer 2015
Bill Beckley, Beyond the Rooster
Bill Beckley, Beyond the Rooster
Interview,
November 22, 2013
Studio Visit: Bill Beckley
Studio Visit: Bill Beckley
Avant Garde Diaries
October 29, 2013
Interview: Bill Beckley
Raunch & Revelry: Nightlife at Friedman Benda Gall...
Raunch & Revelry: Nightlife at Friedman Benda Gallery
Opening Ceremony New News,
July 23, 2013
About Last Night | A Chelsea Gallery, Made Over as...
About Last Night | A Chelsea Gallery, Made Over as a Decadent Nightclub
The New York Times Style Magazine,
July 18, 2013
Art's Wild Night Out
Art's Wild Night Out
Interview,
July 17, 2013.
Friedman Benda Curator on Turning Excessive Partyi...
Friedman Benda Curator on Turning Excessive Partying Into an Art Show
ARTINFO,
July 16, 2013
Nights to Remember
Nights to Remember
W Magazine,
July 16, 2013
11 Things to Do in New York's Art World Before Jul...
11 Things to Do in New York's Art World Before July 21
Gallerist NY,
July 15, 2013
Everything You Need to Know This Week On New York'...
Everything You Need to Know This Week On New York's Art Scene
Guest of a Guest,
July 14, 2013
Club Culture Becomes Art At Friedman Benda's Night...
Club Culture Becomes Art At Friedman Benda's Nightlife-Centric Group Show
The Huffington Post,
July 11, 2013
Preview Images From A New Nightlife-Centric Art Ex...
Preview Images From A New Nightlife-Centric Art Exhibit
Paper Magazine,
July 2013
112 Greene Street-Spaces Interior and Exterior
112 Greene Street-Spaces Interior and Exterior
Brooklyn Rail
April 3, 2013
S-Stutterer
S-Stutterer
Brooklyn Rail
October 4, 2012
When SoHo Was Young
When SoHo Was Young
The New York Times,
July 25, 2012
Bill Beckley
Bill Beckley
Art in America,
September 11, 2010
Tony Shafrazi Gallery Presents Three Decade Survey...
Tony Shafrazi Gallery Presents Three Decade Survey of Bill Beckley's Art
Art Daily,
July 13, 2010
Silently Still Among Us: The beauty of Bill Beckle...
Silently Still Among Us: The beauty of Bill Beckley
Art Critical
July 4, 2010
Bill Beckley: Ping-Pong Dialogues
Bill Beckley: Ping-Pong Dialogues
Artforum,
June 6, 2008
'Total Immersion' in Contemporary Art: An Instant...
'Total Immersion' in Contemporary Art: An Instant Collection
New York Times
January 15, 2000
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