ELEMENTS OF ROMANCE. WORKS FROM THE SEVENTIES
Thursday, 21 January, 2016
until 21 March, 2016
Thursday, 21 January at 7.00 p.m. at Studio Trisorio in Riviera di Chiaia 215 in Naples, the Elements of Romance. Works from The Seventies exhibit by Bill Beckley will be inaugurated.
During the Seventies, Bill Beckley was one of the founders and protagonists of the Narrative Art movement and a member of the 112 Greene Street group which arose in response to the Minimalism of Robert Morris, Carl Andre and Sol LeWitt. He has always employed various techniques and materials in association with texts and images which, at times, have also been used in performances and installations.
In addition to historical works such as Myself as Washington (1969), Cake Story (1974), Paris Bistro (1975), Mao Dead (1976), Kitchen (1977), Deirdre’s Lip, (1978) and Shoulder Blade (1978), considered veritable manifestos of Narrative Art, water-colours and preparatory studies will also be exhibited.
Through the use of images marked by a high visual impact and iconic texts, each of these works opens the gateway to our imagination and plunges us into a story which intertwines fragments of experiences, personal memories, historical excerpts and other narrations.
The exhibited photographic images are the most recent examples of the no-longer-in-use Cibachrome process which Beckley choose for its sensual rendering and purity of colour.
The artist will be present at the inauguration.
The exhibit will be held until 21 March 2016.
Bill Beckley was born in Hamburg, Pennsylvania in 1946 and lives and works in New York. He has shown at the MOMA, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art (1979), Documenta in Kassel, Germany (1976), the Paris Biennale (1973) and the Venice Biennale (1975). His works are in permanent public and private collections in various parts of the world: the Museum of Modern Art - New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Tate Modern in London; the Daimler Art Collection in Stuttgart, the Hoffman in Berlin, the Morton Neumann Family Collection in Washington and in the private collections of artists Jeff Koons and Sol LeWitt. In Italy, Beckley has been represented by Studio Trisorio since 1986, the year of his exhibit entitled Gardens of Pompeii. Another work from this series is on view at the MADRE Museum