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Walead Beshty (b. 1976, London, U.K.)

Walead Beshty was born in London, United Kingdom in 1976 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Recent exhibitions include a mid-career survey at MAMCO (Musée d’art moderne et contemporain), Geneva, Switzerland, which is traveling to Kunst Museum Winterthur in January 2020. His work is currently on view in Media Networks at the Tate Modern, London; and as part of the Aichi Triennale 2019, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. In 2017 he curated the exhibition Picture Industry at the Hessel Museum, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, which traveled to Luma Arles, France in May 2018. Beshty edited the accompanying anthology Picture Industry: A Provisional History of the Technical Image, 1844–2018 (JRP|Ringier, 2018). He has had solo exhibitions at such institutions as Barbican Centre, London; Ullens Center, Beijing; Malmö Konsthall; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. He was included in the 2015 Venice Biennale, 2012 Shanghai Biennale, 2009 Tate Triennial, and 2008 Whitney Biennial. Beshty’s work is held in permanent museum collections worldwide, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; MAMCO, Geneva; and the Tate, London among others.

He is currently visiting faculty in History and Theory at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles, CA, and has held academic positions at the University of California, Los Angeles, CA; Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY; the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL; and Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, where he was associate professor from 2007–2016.

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