|(Born)||1976 in London, UK|
|(Based)||Los Angeles, CA, USA|
Walead Beshty works in a broad variety of media including sculpture, photography, painting, installation, and video. In his work Besthy explores the limits of the artistic production process by using unconventional methods and techniques, generally leaving a lot to chance which results in very unpredictable and random works of art. The transparency of the production context is central to his work, often even referring to this in his titles. He thereby lets the audience discover the social space that surrounds the artwork from its conception to its reception, through its distribution and circulation.
Recent solo exhibitions include Kunst Museum Winterthur, Switzerland, Fondazione MAST, Bologna, Italy; Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland; Malmö Konsthall, Sweden; Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid, Spain; Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China. His work was shown in group exhibitions at: Cloud Seven, Brussels, Belgium; Museum für Fotografie, Braunschweig, Germany [travelled to Kunstmuseum Wolfburg, Germany; Sprengel Museum, Hanover, Germany]; de la Cruz Collection, Miami, FL USA; Golden Eagle Art Museum, Nanjing, China; Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, England; Museum of Contemporary Art Busan, South Korea; Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium; City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi, Aotearoa, New Zealand.
He has curated several shows: Picture Industry: A Provisional History of the Technical Image, 1844–2018, Fondation LUMA, Parc des Ateliers, Arles, France; Picture Industry, Bard CCS Hessel Museum, Annandale-on-Hudson NY; On the Matter of Abstraction (figs. A & B): Parallel Exhibitions of Post-War Non-Figurative Art from the Collection, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, in collaboration with Rose Art Museum Director Christopher Bedford; Picture Industry (Goodbye to All That), Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA (2010), The Gold Standard—co-curated with Bob Nickas, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City NY.
His work is included in several public collections such as: Armand Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles CA, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, Art Institute of Chicago IL, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore MD, Waltham MA San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco CA, Tate, London, England University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor MI, United States Department of State Embassy, Islamabad, Pakistan, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City UT Walker Art Center, Minneapolis MN, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York NY, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England