Kim Beck

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
APT New York
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  • It is easy to see how the hectic hustle and bustle of New York City is the appropriate backdrop for the center of the North American art world, but some gallerists and artists are asking art enthusiasts to look north. Upstate New York’s tranquil Columbia County...

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  • When the High Line opens its second segment, known simply as Section 2, in the Spring next year, it will double the length of the public art park.

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  • American artist speaks about 'Space Available', a new public art installation on rooftops along New York City's High Line. 'Space Available' will debut on Friday, March 4, 2011.

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  • Kim Beck, a mixed-media artist based in Pittsburgh, has long been interested in exploring ubiquitous, often-overlooked spaces of the American landscape

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Kim Beck has exhibited work at the Walker Art Center, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum, Printed Matter, Smack Mellon, Plane Space, Socrates Sculpture Park, Pentimenti Gallery, Raid Projects, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing. Currently participating in the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program in New York, she has held other residencies at Yaddo, International Studio & Curatorial Program, Cité Internationale des Arts Paris, Vermont Studio Center, VCCA, The College of Fine Arts Sidney and Artists Image Resource. She has received awards and fellowships from the Pollock-Krasner, Thomas J. Watson and Heinz Foundations, NYSCA, and the Tennessee Arts Commission. Her artist's book, A Field Guide to Weeds, was published through the Printed Matter Emerging Artist Publishing Program and is in its second edition. She received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and BA from Brandeis University and is currently Associate Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University.

Kim Beck works in a variety of media, including drawing, painting, prints, and installations, and features images of landscape and architecture to examine suburban and marginal spaces. Her work demands attention to seemingly everyday environments and objects, like street signs, billboards, and overgrown weeds in the sidewalk. These works raise questions about the dichotomy of emptiness and accumulation, resulting in the reconsideration of the banal and ordinary.


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