BILL BECKLEY
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The Living Room, 1977
Cibachrome photographs
50 x 120 inches
127 x 304.8 cm
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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Miami Beach
December 2 - December 6, 2015
Booth B34
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Bill Beckley—1968-1978
September 10 - October 3, 2015
Albertz Benda, New York, NY
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Untitled, Art, Miami Beach
December 11, 2015
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Highlights from Untitled Miami 2015
Blouin Art Info
December 2, 2015
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Accidentally on Purpose: Bill Beckley at Albertz Benda
Artcritical
October 3, 2015
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New York: The Accidental Poet (The Avoidance of Everything) by Bill Beckley at Albertz Benda
L'Oeil de la Photographie
September 22, 2015
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Beyond Design
Blouin Art + Auction
September 2015
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For the Birds
W Magazine
September 16, 2015
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North America's Must-See Exhibitions This Fall
ArtSlant
September 7, 2015
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In a SoHo Loft, New York City’s 1970s Art Scene Lives On
Curbed
August 3, 2015
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Bill Beckley
Whitewall
Summer 2015
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Bill Beckley, Beyond the Rooster
Interview,
November 22, 2013
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Studio Visit: Bill Beckley
Avant Garde Diaries
October 29, 2013
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Raunch & Revelry: Nightlife at Friedman Benda Gallery
Opening Ceremony New News,
July 23, 2013
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About Last Night | A Chelsea Gallery, Made Over as a Decadent Nightclub
The New York Times Style Magazine,
July 18, 2013
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Art's Wild Night Out
Interview,
July 17, 2013.
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Friedman Benda Curator on Turning Excessive Partying Into an Art Show
ARTINFO,
July 16, 2013
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Nights to Remember
W Magazine,
July 16, 2013
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11 Things to Do in New York's Art World Before July 21
Gallerist NY,
July 15, 2013
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Everything You Need to Know This Week On New York's Art Scene
Guest of a Guest,
July 14, 2013
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Club Culture Becomes Art At Friedman Benda's Nightlife-Centric Group Show
The Huffington Post,
July 11, 2013
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Preview Images From A New Nightlife-Centric Art Exhibit
Paper Magazine,
July 2013
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112 Greene Street-Spaces Interior and Exterior
Brooklyn Rail
April 3, 2013
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S-Stutterer
Brooklyn Rail
October 4, 2012
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When SoHo Was Young
The New York Times,
July 25, 2012
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Bill Beckley
Art in America,
September 11, 2010
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Tony Shafrazi Gallery Presents Three Decade Survey of Bill Beckley's Art
Art Daily,
July 13, 2010
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Silently Still Among Us: The beauty of Bill Beckley
Art Critical
July 4, 2010
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Bill Beckley: Ping-Pong Dialogues
Artforum,
June 6, 2008
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'Total Immersion' in Contemporary Art: An Instant Collection
New York Times
January 15, 2000