Born in Genoa, Italy, in 1969. Lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Vanessa Beecroft’s work has been shown internationally since 1993, and has shaped performance art, the representation of the female body, and the sociopolitical discussions of art. Her performances (titled VB, followed by the number) have been an ongoing practice for over twenty-five years. Presented across some of the world’s preeminent museums and major contemporary events, Beecroft’s performances highlight the tensions between nakedness and clothing, constraint and freedom, the collective and the individual, and human strength and weakness.
According to gallerist Jeffrey Deitch, “Vanessa Beecroft is one of the rare artists who invented a new way to make a work of art. Ninety-nine percent of artists are treading ground that’s already well established, they are making small innovations, and then there are very rare artists who come up with a whole new concept of how to make a work of art and expand our sense of what a work of art can be. Vanessa Beecroft has done that.
Selected Exhibitions and Performances:
VB88, Lot 11 Skatepark, Miami
VB87, Moncler, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Milan
Vanessa Beecorft, Pio Pico, Los Angeles
Fundación de artistas, Merida, Mexico
People, Jeffrey Deitch, Los Angeles.
Eco e Narciso, MAXXI National Museum of 21-Century Arts, Rome
Pio Pico, Los Angeles
VB84, Firenze Suona Contemporanea, Uffizi Gallery Museum, Florence
VB83, Firenze Suona Contemporanea, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence
VB82, Certosa di San Lorenzo, Padula, Italy
Vanessa Beecroft Polaroids 1993
Photo Vogue Festival, Palazzo Reale, Milan
VB79, The New York Academy of Arts, New York
VB78, PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan
VB77, Yeezy 3, collaboration with Kanye West, Madison Square Garden, New York
56th Venice Biennale
Expo 2015, Milan
Art Basel, Miami
VB74, MAXXI National Museum of 21-Century Arts, Rome
VB72, Art Basel, Miami (2013); VB70, Galleria Lia Rumma, Milan
VB68, MMK, Frankfurt
VB66, Mercato Ittico, Naples
VB65, PAC, Milan
VB62, Spasimo, Palermo, Italy
VB61, Pescheria di Rialto, Venice
VB60, Gana Art Gallery, Seoul
VB59, The National Gallery, London
VB55, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin
VB56, LVMH, Louis Vuitton Store, Champs-Elysees, Paris
VB54, Terminal 5, JFK International Airport, New York
VB52, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy
VB50, 25a Bienal de São Paulo
VB48, Palazzo Ducale, Genoa
VB47, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
VB46, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills
VB42, Whitney Biennial, New York
VB35, 391; Guggenheim Museum, New York (1998); VB33, ICA London (1997); VB28, 47th Venice Biennale (1997); VB26, Lia Rumma, Naples (1997); VB23, Museum Ludwig, Cologne (1996); VB19, The Renaissance Society, Chicago (1996); VB17, Deste Foundation, Athens (1996); VB16, Deitch Projects, New York (1996); VB11, Galerie Analix, Geneva (1995); VB09, Schipper & Krome, Cologne (1994); VB08, MoMA P.S.1, Long Island City (1994); VB07, Andrea Rosen, New York (1994); VB03, Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan (1994); VB01, Galleria Inga-Pin, Milan (1993).