GALERIE HANS MAYER AT ART BASEL 2016
HALL 2.0, BOOTH G07, ART BASEL, JUNE 16–19, 2016

Zander Blom - Bill Beckley - Michael Heizer - Jürgen Klauke - Julio Le Parc - Robert Longo - Markus Oehlen - Tony Oursler - C.O. Paeffgen - Tom Wesselmann - Ben Willikens

Opening Hours: Tue, June 14, First Choice (only by invitation) 11am – 8pm,
Preview (by invitation only) 3 – 8pm
Wed, June 15, First Choice & Preview (by invitation only) 11am – 3pm,
Vernissage (by invitation only) 3 – 8pm
Thu, June 16, Public 11am – 7pm
Fr, Sa, Su June 17, 18, 19 Public 11am – 7pm

ART UNLIMITED HALL 1.0
in collaboration with albertz benda

Bill Beckley 'Deirdre's Lip', 1978


Bill Beckley	'Deirdre's	Lip',	1978

© BILL BECKLEY, DEIRDRE'S LIP, 1978, CIBACHROME PHOTOGRAPHS, 300 X 745 CM

'Deirdre's Lip, conceived in 1977 and printed in 1978, is a culmination of my so-called Story or Narrative works of the late sixties. In 1969 I began writing texts and simultaneously imagined images to make works that were both image and textneither one having precedent over the other. The images do not illustrate the text and the texts do not explain the images-- or at least I hope they don't. They float together in undetermined space and function like a kiss. The Lip is fiction, not a documentation of an act performed elsewhere. With respect to scale, I wanted the piece to have a photographic presence compatible to painting and sculpture of that time. Conceptual art was a refreshing departure from the prison of minimalism, a movement that many of us escaped from in the very late sixties. But the escape for me was like jumping from frying pan into fire. I was uncomfortable with minimalism's regiments and conceptualism's self-consciousness, seriousness, and sexlessness. I knew I could not go back to 19th century romanticism, but I didn't want to divorce myself from its pathos. A moral of the story, but not the only one: If you want a kiss, it's good to give some lip.'

Bill Beckley

Opening Hours:
Mo, June 13, Preview Unlimited (by invitation only), 4 – 7pm
Tue, June 14, First Choice (only by invitation) 11am – 8pm,
Preview (by invitation only) 3 – 8pm
Wed, June 15, First Choice & Preview (by invitation only) 11am – 3pm,
Vernissage (by invitation only) 3 – 8pm
Thu, June 16, Public 11am – 7pm
Fr, Sa, Su June 17, 18, 19 Public 11am – 7pm

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Beckley's work of the past five or six years looks as new as the new millennium, and yet for years he has exchanged the ruled line of the minimalists for the less predictable linearity of stems and branches.

After painting trees in the late 1960s and early '70s, he pictured twigs and stems in photo pieces of a few
years later. In the 1980s, he mimicked blades of grass with lengths of green aluminum pipe.

Over the decades, metaphors evolved, allusions ramified.

Because there is never one true meaning to be extracted from a work of art, it remains endlessly open to interpretation. Inviting and eluding the attempt to make sense of it, the work brings one, eventually,
to a sense of oneself.

Exerpt from Pathways to a self, introduction by Carter Ratcliff


Interview: Bill Beckley talking about his work from 1969-71