Nina Beier
Danish, born 1975
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions
joségarcía ,mx at ARCOlisboa 2017,
joségarcía ,mx
Croy Nielsen at CHART | ART FAIR 2017,
Croy Nielsen
Cartoon Physics,
Kerstin Engholm Galerie

Nina Beier’s multimedia practice decontextualizes universal cultural symbols to investigate how modes of representation affect contemporary experience. Beier moves between social and institutional critique in sculptures, wall works, and installations that combine materials connected to both art history and the global economy. In her extended “Portrait Mode” series, Beier creates prismatic abstract compositions by stuffing secondhand fabrics (chosen for their bold colors and animal prints) within traditional frames. The works recall abstract expressionism and the Arte Povera movement while simultaneously referring to commodity culture and its attendant controversies. Extending the language of Dada, Beier’s sculptures and performances often veer toward the absurd. For the playfully existential Tragedy (2011), Beier invited several dogs to play dead on an ornate antique rug, each one …

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