Vanessa Beecroft (Italian, b.1965) is a Contemporary artist whose performances, photographs, and paintings have attracted critical acclaim as well as controversial criticism. Beecroft studied at the Civico Liceo Artistico Nicolo’ Barabino (from 1983 to 1987) and the Accademia Ligustica Di Belle Arti (from 1987 to 1988) in Genoa and the Accademia Di Belle Arti Di Brera (from 1988 to 1993) in Milan. Titling her performances sequentially with her initials, her first performance VB01 took place in Milan in 1993. Featured at the center of the exhibition was her own “food diary,” the Book of Food, surrounded by near-motionless female nude models. This presentation became the original archetype for her performances and the exploration of narcissism, voyeurism, politics, eating disorders, the female form, and the female gaze. After arranging her models into a tableau vivant, most of which echo figural arrangements seen in classical Western Art, Beecroft then documented the performance through photography and film. Since VB01, Beecroft has staged over 60 performances at numerous institutions that include the Guggenheim Museum, Gagosian Gallery, Andrea Rosen Gallery, and Moma P.S. 1 in New York, NY, the Venice Biennial and Galleria d'Arte Moderna, in Bologna, Italy, as well as the Wacoal Art Center, Tokyo, Japan, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, London. She has collaborated with prominent fashion designers, such as Miuccia Prada and Tom Ford, and most recently with the singer Kanye West. Her latest performance, VB70, took place in 2011 at the Lia Rumma Galleries in Milan and Naples, with sculptures from the project, titled VBMARMI, appearing at the Venice Biennial. She now lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Timeline

1969
Born: Genoa, Italy
1983–1987
Civico Liceo Artistico Nicol Barabino Architettura, Genoa
1987–1988
Accademia Ligustica Di Belle Arti Pittura, Genoa
1988–1993
Accademia di Belle Arti, Brera (Stage Design), Milan, Italy
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

Exhibitions

2008
Gravity, Coleccion Ernesto Esposito, ARTIUM Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporaneo, Vitoria-Gasteiz
2007
Les Fleurs du Mal, ARCOS - Museo di Arte Contemporanea del Sannio, Benevento
2006
Busy Going Crazy, the Sylvio Perlstein Collection, La Maison Rouge, Paris
2005
Altre Lilith. Le Vestali dell¡¯arte-Terzo Millennio, Scuderie Aldobrandini per l¡¯Arte (a cura di/curated by R. Zozzini, G. Serusi), Frascati, Italy
2005
Seven¡­ Everything goes to hell, Palazzo Pretorio (a cura di/curated by M. Sciaccaluga), Certaldo, Italy
2005
Radical-She, Gosh (a cura di/curated by H. Marsala), Riesi, Italy
2005
Clotheslines: Art, Clothing, Identity, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe
2005
Lo sguardo italiano, Rotonda della Besana (a cura di/curated by M.L. Frisa, F. Bonami, A. Mattirolo), Milano, Italy
2005
VB 55, Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
2005
VB 53, Tepidarium - Giardino dell¡¯Orticultura, Firenze, Italy
2005
VB 53, Massimo Minini Gallery, Brescia, Italy
2005
VB 52, Galleria Lia Rumma, Napoli, Italy
2004
Fashination, Moderna Museet, Stoccolma, Sweden
2004
Her Bodies. Cindy Sherman & Vanessa Beecroft, Arario Gallery, Cheonan-si, Korea
2004
La dolce vita. Filmprogramm, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
2004
Cold Play, Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland
2003
Il quarto sesso. Il territorio estremo dell¡¯adolescenza, Stazione Leopolda, Firenze, Italy
2003
M_ARS ¨C Kunst und krieg, Neue Galerie, Graz, Austria
2003
VB 52 , Castello di Rivoli, Torino, Italy
2003
VB 51, Cosmic Galerie, Paris, France
2003
Rassegna Video, Galleria Lia Rumma, Milan, Italy
2002
VB 50, S0Š0o Paulo Biennial, S0Š0o Paulo, Brazil
2002
VB 45/VB 48, Deitch Projects, New York, NY
2002
Vanessa Beecroft. Ponti Sister, Lawing Gallery, Hoston, Texas
2002
Vanessa Beecroft: VB46 Photographs, Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2002
Galleria Lia Rumma, Milano, Italy
2002
De Gustibus. Collezione Privata Italia, Palazzo delle Papesse (a cura di/curated by A.B. Oliva, S. Risaliti), Siena, Italy
2001
Shortcuts, Dakis Joannou Collection, The Nicosia Municipal Arts Center, Athens, Greece; associated with the Pierides Museum of Contemporary Art, The Deste Foundation, and The Laiki Group Cultural Center
2001
Stratagies, Museo d¡¯arte Moderna e Contemporanea Bolzano, Bolzano, Italy
2001
Le Muse Inquietanti, Centro Comunale d¡¯Arte Contemoranea Pino Pascali, Comune di Polignano a Mare, Italy
2001
Camera Italia, Associazione Culturale Vistamare (a cura di/curated by G. Di Pietrantonio), Pescara, Italy
2001
Invasione Italiana, Montevergini Galleria Civica Arte Contemporanea (a cura di/curated by S. Lacagnina), Siracusa, Italy
2001
Stars, Loft Arte, Valdagno, Italy
2001
Subject Plural, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas
2001
Uncommon Threads, Cornell University, Ithica, New York
2001
Beautiful Productions, The Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK
2001
Arte Contempor¨¢neo Internacional, Instituto National de Bellas Artes, Sala Jos¨¦ Juan Tablada, museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Mexico
2001
Metamorphosis and Clones, Muse d¡¯Art Contemporain de Montreal, Quebec, Canada
2001
Collaborations with Parkett: 1984 to Now, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
2001
Bodily Acts, Center for Curitorial Studies at Bard College, New York
2001
Museet for Samtidskunst; The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway
2001
Form Follows Fiction; Forma e finzione nell¡¯arte di oggi, Museo d¡¯Arte Contemporanea, Castello di Rivoli, Torino, Italy
2001
Exposure. Recent Acquisitions The Doron Sebbag Art Collection,ORS, Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, Tel-Aviv, Israel
2001
Tirana Biennale, Curator, Tirana, Albania
2001
La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
2001
VB 48, Palazzo Ducale, Genova, Italy
2001
Monet¡¯s Legacy Series; Order and Obsession, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
2001
VB 47, Guggenheim Museum, Venice, Italy
2001
VB 46, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA
2001
Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway
2001
VB 39/VB 42, Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris, Franc
2001
VB 39/VB 42, Deitch Projects, New York, NY
2001
VB 45, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
2001
Vanessa Beecroft, Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna, Austria
2000
One Film for One Screen, Institut d'art Contemporain Collection Frac Rh0‹0ne-Alpes, Frac Rh0‹0ne-Alpes, France
2000
In Covent Garden, Lisson Gallery, London
2000
Performing Bodies, Tate Modern, London
2000
Projection 24/7, The Standard, Los Angeles, CA
2000
The 12th Biennial of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
2000
Art & Facts, Galleria Franco Noero, Torino, Italy
2000
Conversione di Saulo, Palazzo Odescalchi (a cura di/curated by S. Sarra), Rome, Italy
2000
VB42 Intrepid - The Silent Service, Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum New York, NY
2000
Deitch Projects New York, NY
2000
VB 43, Gagosian Gallery London, England
1999
Spiral TV, Walcoal Art Center Tokyo, Japan
1999
Galleria Massimo Minini Brescia, Italy
1999
Unheimlich, Fotomuseum Winterthur Winterthur, Switzerland
1999
The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA
1999
Galerie Deux Tokyo, Japan
1999
Museum of Contemporary Arts Sidney, Australia
1999
Galerie Analix Forever Geneva, Switzerland
1999
Heaven, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Germany
1999
Photography Salon, Elizabeth Cherry Contemporary Art Tucson, AZ
1999
Passagen, Center for Contemporary Art Linkoping, Sweden
1998
Fondation Cartier pour l' Art Contemporain Paris, France
1998
Then and Now, Lisson Gallery London, England
1998
Exterminating Angel, Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot Paris, France
1998
Encyclopedia 1999, Turner & Runyon Dallas, TX
1998
Kritische Elegantie, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens Deurle, Belgium
1998
Video Store, Bricks + Kicks Wien, Austria
1998
FIAC pas FIAC- le theatre de l'amour, Galerie Analix Forever Paris, France
1998
Veronica's Revenge, From Man Ray to Matthew Barney, The Prague City Gallery Prague, Czech Republic
1998
Photgraphy as Concept, Fourth Internati, Galerie der Statd Esslingen Esslingen, Germany
1998
Male Female, Palazzo Abatellis Palermo, Italy
1998
Helmut Newton, Vanessa Beecroft, Alix Lambert, Espace Lausannois d'Art Contemporain Lausanne, Switzerland
1998
Exterminating Angel, Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot Paris, France
1998
Millenovecento, Galerie Analix Forever Belluno, Italy
1998
Mill neuf cent, Galerie Analix Forever Geneva, Switzerland
1998
Wounds; Between Democracy and Redemption in Contemporary Art, Moderna Museet Stockholm, Sweden
1998
Galerie fur Zeitgenossische Kunst Leiptzig, Germany
1998
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York, NY
1998
Gallery Axel Mornel Stockholm, Sweden
1998
Moderna Museet Stockholm, Sweden
1998
Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot Paris, France
1997
Galleria Il Capricorno Venice, Italy
1997
Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) London, England
1997
Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Boston, MA
1997
Enterprise, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Boston, MA
1997
Some Kind of Heaven, South London Gallery London, England
1997
Fracturing the Gaze, Lawing Gallery Houston, TX
1997
Galerie Analix Forever Geneva, Switzerland
1997
Galleria Lia Rumma Naples, Italy
1997
Galerie Jean Bernier Athens, Greece
1997
Kunstmuseum Milwaukee, WI
1997
Staattisches Museum Abteiberg Monchengladbach, Germany
1997
II Biennial, Site Santa Fe, NM
1997
FRAC, Le Nouveau Museum Lyon, France
1997
XLVII Espozisione Internazionale d'Arte, Venice Biennial Venice, Italy
1997
Heaven, P.S. 1 Museum Long Island City, NY
1997
Fatto in Italia, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) London, England
1997
Vanessa Beecroft, Diana Thater, Tracey Moffat, Staatisches Museum Abteiberg Munchengladbach, Germany
1997
Display, The Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall Copenhagen, Denmark
1997
Persona X, Salzburger Kunstverein Salzburg, Austria
1997
Truce, Site Santa Fe, New Mexico
1997
Identita', FRAC, Le Nouveau Museum Lyon, France
1997
1 Minute Scenario, Le Printemps de Cahors, Fondation Cartier Cahors, France
1997
Future Present Past, BV97 XL VII Venice Biennial Venice, Italy
1997
Partito Preso Internazionale, Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna Rome, Italy
1997
504, Zentrum fur Kunst, Medien und Design Braunschweig, Germany
1997
Fatto in Italia, Centre d'Art Contemporain Geneva, Switzerland
1997
Vanessa Beecroft, Jennifer Bornstein, Martin Kersels & Gillian Wearing, S.L. Simpson Gallery Toronto, Canada
1997
World Speak Dumb, Karyn Lovegrove Gallery Victoria, Australia
1997
Odisseo, Bari, Italy
1997
Veronica's Revenge, Centre d'Art Contemporain Geneva, Switzerland
1997
Ein Stedik vom himmel, Numnberg Kunsthalle Numnberg, Germany
1997
Arte Italiano, ultimi quarrant'anni, materiali anomali, Galleria d'Arte Moderna Bologna, Italy
1997
Young and Restless, Museum of Modern Art New York, NY
1997
The Name of the Place, Casey Kaplan Gallery New York, NY
1996
Deitch Projects New York, NY
1996
ID, Stedelijk Van Abbe Museum Eindhoven, The Netherlands (cat)
1996
Traffic, CAPC Museum d'Art Contemporain Bordeaux, France
1996
Conversation Piece II, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Philadelphia, PA
1996
Persona, The Renaissance Society Chicago, IL
1996
Fri Art, Centre d'Art Contemporain Fribourg, Switzerland
1996
Galleria Massimo De Carlo Milan, Italy
1996
Galerie Analix Forever Geneva, Switzerland
1996
Stedelijk Van Abbe Museum Eindhoven, The Netherlands
1996
Wallraf-Richartz-Museum and Ludwig Museum Cologne, Germany
1996
Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot Paris, France
1996
Campo 96, Konst Museet Malmo, Sweden
1996
The Scream, Arken Musuem of Modern Art Isheum, Denmark
1996
Persona, Kunsthalle Basel Basel, Switzerland
1996
Beige, Saga Basement Copenhagen, Denmark
1996
Galery Tre Stockholm, Sweden
1996
Push-ups, The Factory Athens, Greece
1996
To die by one's own hand, Link Bologna, Italy
1995
Soire Nomades, Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain Paris, France
1995
Vides et films d'artistes, Ateliers d'Artistes de la ville de Marseille Marseille, France
1995
Campo 95, Corderie dell Arsenale Venice, Italy
1995
Aperto Italia 95, Trevi Flash Art museum Trevi, Italy
1995
Fuori Uso 1995, Ex Aurum Pescara, Italy
1995
Anni 90, Arte a Milano, Palazzo delle Stelline Milan, Italy
1995
AAVV XXII Arte ed Architettura, Pescara Italy
1995
This is Today (Trailer), Mediapark Cologne, Germany
1995
Galerie Analix Forever Geneva, Switzerland
1994
P.S. 1 Museum Long Island City, NY
1994
Galleria Massimo De Carlo Milan, Italy
1994
Winter of Love, P.S.1 Museum Long island City, NY
1994
Soggetto-Soggetto, Castello di Rivoli, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Turin, Italy
1994
Prima Linea, Trevi Flash Art museum Trevi, Italy
1994
Andrea Rosen Gallery. New York, NY
1993
VHS, Milan, Italy
1993
Nuova ingegneria per l'Osservazione, Villa Montalvo Prato, Italy