Deitch Studios, 4-40 44th Drive, Long Island City, Queens
VB64 was Vanessa Beecroft’s first public performance in New York since 2000, presented with an accompanying exhibition of new sculpture at Deitch Studios on the East River in Long Island City.
Vanessa Beecroft works in the space between painting, sculpture, performance, and real life. In VB64, she introduced a new element into the work--gesso sculptures cast from live models, resting on coffin-like bases. The twenty live models in the performance were in white body makeup and at the beginning of the performance were indistinguishable from the sculptural casts. VB64 pushed Beecroft’s deliberate confusion between sculpture, performance, and real life into a new realm--the tension between life and death.
VB64 was inspired by Sicilian funerary sculpture of the Renaissance. The first version of the work was presented in July 2008 in the apse of Santa Maria dello Spasimo in Palermo. The American version was adapted to the cathedral-like space of Deitch Studios.
Deitch Projects opened in January 1996 with a performance by Vanessa Beecroft, and since then has helped to produce more that twenty of her works. Beecroft is one of the small number of artists who has introduced a new concept of how to make a work of art.
A documentary film about Beecroft’s recent project in the Sudan, The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins directed by Pietra Brettkelly, premiered at the Director’s Fortnight at the Museum of Modern Art on February 21. The Museum of Modern Art also showed Beecroft’s own documentary film about her Sudan project.
The filming of VB64 was produced with Kanye West.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday – Friday
10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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