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:
Mary Opera, by Kanye West, Lincoln Center, New York (2019); Mary Opera by Kanye West, Art Basel, Miami (2019); Nebuchadnezzar Opera, by Kanye West, Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles (2019); VB88, Lot 11 Skatepark, Miami (2019); VB87, Moncler, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Milan (2019); Vanessa Beecorft, Pio Pico, Los Angeles (2019); Fundación de artistas, Merida, Mexico (2019); People, Jeffrey Deitch, Los Angeles. (2019); Eco e Narciso, MAXXI National Museum of 21-Century Arts, Rome (2014); Vanessa Beecroft, Pio Pico, Los Angeles (2017); VB84, Firenze Suona Contemporanea, Uffizi Gallery Museum, Florence (2017); VB83, Firenze Suona Contemporanea, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence (2017); VB82, Certosa di San Lorenzo, Padula, Italy (2017); Vanessa Beecroft Polaroids 1993 – 2016, Photo Vogue Festival, Palazzo Reale, Milan (2016); VB79, The New York Academy of Arts, New York (2016); VB78, PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan (2016); VB77, Yeezy 3, collaboration with Kanye West, Madison Square Garden, New York (2016); 56th Venice Biennale (2015); Expo 2015, Milan (2015); Art Basel, Miami (2014); VB74, MAXXI National Museum of 21-Century Arts, Rome (2014); VB72, Art Basel, Miami (2013); VB70, Galleria Lia Rumma, Milan (2011); VB68, MMK, Frankfurt (2010); VB66, Mercato Ittico, Naples (2010); VB65, PAC, Milan (2009); VB62, Spasimo, Palermo, Italy (2008); VB61, Pescheria di Rialto, Venice (2007); VB60, Gana Art Gallery, Seoul (2007); VB59, The National Gallery, London (2006); VB55, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2005); VB56, LVMH, Louis Vuitton Store, Champs-Elysees, Paris (2005); VB54, Terminal 5, JFK International Airport, New York; VB52, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy (2003); VB50, 25a Bienal de São Paulo (2002); VB48, Palazzo Ducale, Genoa (2001); VB47, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice (2001); VB46, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills (2001); VB42, Whitney Biennial, New York (2000); 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).