Bruce Beasley


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Bruce Beasley was born in Los Angeles in 1939. He attended Dartmouth College and the University of California at Berkeley. He currently resides in the Bay Area. One of the nation’s foremost sculptors, in 1961 he was included the seminal exhibition “The Art of Assemblage” at the Museum of Modern Art in NY. The following year the Museum acquired one of Beasley’s sculptures making him the youngest artist ever to be included in their permanent collection. In 1963, Beasley won the purchase prize in the Paris Biennale, the world’s most prestigious international exhibition. His sculptures are in the permanent collection of thirty museums around the world. He has had over fifty solo exhibitions and been included in hundreds of group exhibitions. Beasley has done many monumental sculpture commissions in the United States and abroad. Most recently he had been commissioned to do monumental works for the Beijing Olympic Games and the World Expo in Shanghai. He is currently working on a large sculpture for the city of Palo Alto.

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Education: Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, 1957-59 University of California, Berkeley, California, B.A. 1962

Beasley’s sculptures are in the permanent collection of 36 Art Museums world-wide including: The Museum of Modern Art, New York The Guggenheim Museum, New York The National Art Museum of China, Beijing Musee d’Art Modern, Pompidou Center, Paris Museum of Art, Mannheim, Germany National Museum of American Art, Washington DC Islamic Museum, Cairo, Egypt Los Angeles County Museum of Art Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey

Beasley has had 51 solo exhibitions at museums and galleries including: M.H. deYoung Memorial Museum, San Francisco State Art Museum, Mannheim, Germany Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Yorkshire, England The Oakland Museum, 45-Year Retrospective, Oakland, California Shanghai Sculpture Space, Shanghai, China San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California Rudolfinum Museum, Prague, Czech Republic Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York Scheffel Gallery, Bad Homberg, Germany Galerie Marie-Louise Wirth, Zurich, Switzerland Utermann Gallery, Dortmund, Germany

Beasley has been included in over 200 group exhibitions world-wide including: “The Art of Assemblage”, Museum of Modern Art, New York,.1961 “Painting and Sculpture Acquisitions”, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1962 “Biennale de Paris”, Musee d’Art Moderne, Paris, 1963, “Monumenta, 19th Sculpture Biennial”, Middelheim Sculpture Park, Antwerp, Belgium, 1987, “7th International Cairo Biennale”, Cairo, Egypt, 1999, “Celebrating Modern Art”, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2000, and the “Sterling Stuff”, Royal Academy of Arts, London, United Kingdom, 2003 “Digital Stone Exhibition”, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China, 2008 “Contemporary Sculpture 2011”, Datong, China 2011

Beasley has done 30 monumental sculpture commissions for cities and institutions including:

Federal Office Building, San Diego, California Federal Home Loan Bank, San Francisco, California State of California, Capitol Office Building, Sacramento, California State of California, State Office Building, San Bernardino, California San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco Miami International Airport, Miami, Florida City of Anchorage, Alaska City of Bad Homberg, Germany City of Beijing, Sculpture commissioned for the Beijing Olympic Games City of Dortmund, Germany City of Eugene, Oregon City of Fremont, California City of Mannheim, Germany City of Monterrey, Mexico City of Oakland, California City of Palo Alto, California City of Salinas, California City of Shanghai, Sculpture commissioned for the World Expo 2010 City of South San Francisco, California City of WuHu, China Stanford University, Stanford, California, (2 pieces) University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

Beasley’s work has been included in 145 books and catalogs including:

Sculpture by Bruce Beasley: A 45-Year Retrospective. Oakland Museum of California. ,2005. The Art of Assemblage. William Seitz. The Museum of Modern Art. New York. 1961. Late Modern, The Visual Arts Since 1945. E. Lucie-Smith. Praeger Publishers, New York. 1969. Painting and Sculpture in The Museum of Modern Art, 1929-1967. Alfred H. Barr, Jr. The Place of Art in the World of Architecture. Donald Thalacker. Chelsea House Publishers. New York: 1980. Preface by Sam Hunter, Princeton University The Art of California. Christina Orr-Cahall. The Oakland Museum. 1984. The Art of the San Francisco Bay Area: 1945 to 1980. Thomas Albright: University of California Press. Berkeley. 1985. Bruce Beasley / Sculpture. Peter Selz & Manfred Fath. Mannheim Museum of Art. 1994 Contemporary Outdoor Sculpture. Brooke Barrie. Rockport Publishers, Inc. Gloucester, Mass. 1999. Celebrating Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. University of California Press. Berkeley. 2000.