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Past Exhibitions: 2009

UMMA Projects: Walead Beshty

Reopening (March 28) through June 14, 2009

Working across a range of media, London-born, Los Angeles-based artist Walead Beshty has consistently explored the boundaries between politics and aesthetics, consumption and critique. In his most recent work, Beshty has undertaken a meticulous investigation into the conditions and processes of artistic production. His monumentally-scaled photograms, created by folding large sheets of unexposed photo paper into three-dimensional forms and exposing them to variously-colored lights, produce geometric fields in which areas of sumptuous color are interwoven with passages of intense luminosity. In a related series of sculptures—comprised of shatterproof glass boxes sized to the volume of the FedEx shipping boxes in which they are transported (and which double as pedestals)—Beshty extends his inquiry beyond physical materials and technical processes to include the means by which artworks exist, circulate, and accrue value after they leave the studio. In addition to the challenge they pose to normative ideas about conservation and value, Beshty's boxes also ask us to rethink our notion of what an individual work “looks” like, as their appearance changes with each showing.

This project is made possible in part by the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation.




Fedex® Large Kraft Box ©2005 FEDEX 330508

Walead Beshty
Fedex® Large Kraft Box ©2005 FEDEX 330508, International Priority, Los Angeles-Tijuana trk# 865282058022 October 28-November 3, 2008, International Priority, Tijuana-Los Angeles trk# 867279774892 January 2-6, 2009
2008-
Laminated safety glass, silicone, metal, FedEx shipping box, packing tape, and accrued FedEx tracking labels
20 x 20 x 20 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Wallspace, New York, Image: Fredrik Nilsen



FedEx® Large Kraft Box ©2005 FEDEX 330508

FedEx® Large Kraft Box ©2005 FEDEX 330508, International Priority, Los Angeles-Tijuana trk# 865282058000 October 28-30, 2008, International Priority, Tijuana-Los Angeles trk# 867279774907 January 2-6, 2009
2008-
Laminated mirrored safety glass, silicone, metal, FedEx shipping box, packing tape, and accrued FedEx tracking labels
20 x 20 x 20 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Wallspace, New York, Image: Fredrik Nilsen



Six Color Loop (CMYRGB: Irvine, California, July 16th 2008, Fuji Crystal Archive Type C)

Six Color Loop (CMYRGB: Irvine, California, July 16th 2008, Fuji Crystal Archive Type C)
2009
Color photographic paper
50 x 105 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Wallspace, New York, Image: Fredrik Nilsen



Six Color Loop (CMYRGB: Irvine, California, July 26th 2008, Fuji Crystal Archive Type C)

Six Color Loop (CMYRGB: Irvine, California, July 26th 2008, Fuji Crystal Archive Type C)
2009
Color photographic paper
50 x 103 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Wallspace, New York, Image: Fredrik Nilsen



Installation view: <em>UMMA Projects: Walead Beshty</em>, University of Michigan Museum of Art

Installation view: UMMA Projects: Walead Beshty, University of Michigan Museum of Art

March 28 – June 28, 2009.



Installation view: <em>UMMA Projects: Walead Beshty</em>, University of Michigan Museum of Art

Installation view: UMMA Projects: Walead Beshty, University of Michigan Museum of Art

March 28 – June 28, 2009.



Fold (70 degree directional light source), December 21st, 2006

Walead Beshty
Fold (70 degree directional light source), December 21st, 2006
2007
Black and white fiber based photographic paper
Courtesy the artist, Wallspace Gallery, New York, and China Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles



3 Sided Picture (Yellow), November 26, 2007, Westwood, CA, Kodak Supra

Walead Beshty
3 Sided Picture (Yellow), November 26, 2007, Westwood, CA, Kodak Supra
2008
Color photographic paper
University of Michigan Museum of Art, Museum purchase, 2008/2.7



Dust

Walead Beshty
Dust
2007
Black and white photographic print
Courtesy the artist, Wallspace Gallery, New York, and China Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles