Bill Beckley

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Bill Beckley born February 11, 1946, an American narrative,conceptual artist.
Born in Hamburg, Pennsylvania, a small farming town in the Amish countryside, Bill Beckley attended college at Kutztown University from 1964 to 1968 and in 1970 received a Master of Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. There he studied with Italo Scanga, who introduced him to former students and friends, including Bruce Nauman, Dan Flavin, Sol LeWitt, and Marcia Tucker, then a curator at the Whitney Museum. Marcia Tucker introduced his work to Athena Spear, a curator at the Allen Memorial Art Museum in Oberlin, Ohio, who included his work in “Art in the Mind” (1969), the first conceptual art exhibition in the United States.
He moved from Philadelphia to New York City in the summer of 1970 and lived for a time on a sailboat off City Island. He was one of the artists (along with Gordon Matta Clark, Rafi Ferrer, Barry Le Va, Jeffery Lew, Bill Bollinger, and Alan Saret) who organized the first exhibition of the legendary gallery 112 Greene Street Workshop in SOHO in October 1970.[3] In the fall of 1970 he met Louise Bourgeois, who was also working at 112 Greene Street; Vito Acconci; and Dennis Oppenheim, who became a lifelong friend. He married Deirdre Williams, a costume designer for films in 1980. They divorced in 1981. He married Laurie Johenning, a sculptor, in 1986. They have two sons, Tristan and Liam, and live in New York City.
Beckley went on to exhibit with several European and American Galleries that showed conceptual art, photography, and texts. These included an exhibition with Gerhard Richter at the Rudolf Zwirner Gallery (Cologne, 1972), the Konrad Fischer Gallery (Dusseldorf, 1972), the Nigel Greenwood Gallery (London, 1972), the John Gibson Gallery (New York, 1973), the Yvon Lambert Gallery (Paris, 1974), and Galerie Hans Mayer, which has represented his work in Europe since 1975. He exhibited at the Paris Biennale in 1973 the Venice Biennale in 1975 at Documenta in Kassel, Germany, in 1976 and in the Whitney Biennial in 1979. The Museum of Modern Art showed his works in its Projects Room in 1979.

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