Whitney Bedford

Jane Fonda, 2020, Graphite on Arches hot press paper, 30 x 22 in.
Simone de Beauvoir, 2020, Graphite on arches hot press paper, 30 x 22 in.
Veduta (Gainsborough), 2020, Ink and oil on panel, 18 x 24 x 2 in.
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Exhibition View, The Left Coast, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, 2017. Photo:Robert Wedemeyer.
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Exhibition View, Whitney Bedford, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, 2011. Photo: Evan Bedford.
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Exhibition View, Whitney Bedford, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, 2011. Photo: Evan Bedford.
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Exhibition View, Whitney Bedford, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, 2014. Photo: Clare Britt.
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The Soft Day, 2016 ink and oil on panel 91,44 x 157,48 cm (36 x 62 in.) Photo: Evan Bedford
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The Light Night, 2016 ink and oil on panel 91,44 x 157,48 cm (36 x 62 in.) Photo: Evan Bedford
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Hellbenders, 2017 ink and oil on panel 91,44 x 121,92 x 3,81 cm (36 x 48 x 1 1/2 in.) Photo: Evan Bedford
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Bardo Parade, 2017 ink and oil on panel 71,12 x 93,98 x 3,81 cm (28 x 37 x 1 1/2 in.) Photo: Evan Bedford
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Broken Hand 09, 2009 ink and oil on canvas 215 x 150 cm (84 5/8 x 59 in.)
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Tesla (Blue/Yellow), 2008 ink and oil on panel 46 x 38 cm (18 1/8 x 15 in.)
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Untitled (The Longest Time), 2006 ink and oil on panel 79 x 124 cm (31 1/8 x 48 7/8 in.)
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Untitled (Straight into Darkness), 2006 ink and oil on panel 122 x 183 cm (48 x 72 in.)
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Empire, 2007 ink and oil on panel 121,92 x 182,88 x 5,08 cm (48 x 72 x 2 in.)
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Exhibition View, Arcadia, 2008-2009, Galerie Art : Concept, Courtesy of the Artist and Art : Concept. Photo: Fabrice Gousset
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Exhibition View, Bardo Parade, Galerie Art : Concept, 2017. Photo: Claire Dorn.
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Exhibition View, Bardo Parade, Galerie Art : Concept, 2017. Photo: Claire Dorn.
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exhibition view, 2006, art concept gallery, paris
whitney bedford, Book (Guston), 2012, ink and oil on panel, 18 x 22 in.
Book (Guston), 2012, ink and oil on panel, 18 x 22 in.
whitney bedford, The Hex, 2017, ink and oil on panel 30 x 42 in.
The Hex, 2017, ink and oil on panel 30 x 42 in.
whitney bedford, Sound of Silence, 2017, ink and oil on panel, 30 x 42 in.
Sound of Silence, 2017, ink and oil on panel, 30 x 42 in.
whitney bedford, Iceberg (in love), 2017, ink and oil on panel, 22 x 18 x 1 3/4 in.
Iceberg (in love), 2017, ink and oil on panel, 22 x 18 x 1 3/4 in.
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The Night Ahead, 2017, 36x 48 x 1 ½ in
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The Good do Bad, 2017, encre et huile sur bois, 71,12 x 93,98 x 3,81 cm
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Untitled Volcano (Hot Smoke), 2008, ink and oil on panel, 46 x 61 cm (18 1/8 x 24 in.) credit: Joshua White
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Untitled (Stolen/Faked), 2006, polyptych of 10, ink on panel, credit: Fabrice Gousset
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Book (Picasso 3), 2012, ink and oil on panel, 45,72 x 55,88 cm (18 x 22 in.)
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Book (DeKooning), 2012, Ink and oil on panel, 45,72 x 55,88 cm (18 x 22 in.)
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The Light Night, 2016, huile et encre sur panneau de bois, 81,28 x 157,48 cm
The Light Night, 2016, huile et encre sur panneau de bois, 81,28 x 157,48 cm

Biography:

Born in 1976, Whitney Bedford lives and works in Los Angeles. Bedford uses her own mark making to bring the original source material of her paintings into the realm of the imaginary. Layered with both ink and oil paint, romantic scenes of destruction, calm at sea, and migrating birds are manipulated to the point of abstraction, showing only vestiges of her starting point.

Bedford’s process has shifted in her new works. In past paintings, drawing was used to create an architecture for gesture. Here, though the paintings technically begin with the drawings, a painstaking process of masking and unmasking pushes the drawn flora to the fore and places the viewer at a further distance from the pastoral scenes behind or outside of the space of drawing. The distance created between painting and drawing underscores Bedford’s archival research and careful selection of images that seem to belong to a lost or disappearing world.

The drawings are part of an encyclopedic exercise the artist is pursuing. She’s making a daily drawing of a woman who persisted, in solidarity and to continue unwavering support of women who are challenging the world to be better. She considers these to be votives of support, and part of the proceeds will go in donation to Emily’s List- helping elect anti-racist progressive Democratic female candidates.

Awards : UCLA Hammer Museum Drawing Biennal, Los Angeles (2001); Peggy Guggenheim Studentship, Venice (1997). Selected solo exhibitions include : Vielmetter, Los Angeles (2020); Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago (2018); Saatchi Gallery, London (2018); Starkwhite, Auckland (2016); Taymour Grahne, New York (2015) Vielmetter, Los Angeles (2011), Houdini: Art and Magic, Jewish Museum, New York (2010); Arcadia, Art:Concept (2008). Her work is present in several international collections such as : Eric Decelle, Brussels, Belgium; Francois Pinault Collection, Paris, France; Ginette Moulin and Guillaume Houzé Contemporary Art Collection, Paris, France; Hammer Museum, Hammer Contemporary Collection, Los Angeles, CA; Jumex Collection, Mexico City, Mexico; Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz, Miami, FL; and The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK.

La Femme de trente ans

Curated by Caroline Soyez-Petithomme. Artists exhibited: Jean-Luc Blanc, Whitney Bedford, Judith Bernstein, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Lothar Hempel, Celia Hempton, Hedwig Houben, Tatiana Rihs, Walter Robinson.

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Bagna Cauda

Art : Concept presents Bagna Cauda, a group exhibition with Martine Aballéa, Pierre-Olivier Arnaud, Julien Audebert, Francis Baudevin, Whitney Bedford, Jean-Luc Blanc, Michel Blazy, Ulla von Brandenburg, Jeremy Deller, Richard Fauguet, Vidya Gastaldon, Geert Goiris, Lothar Hempel, Nathan Hylden, Jacob Kassay, Andrew Lewis, Adam McEwen, Philippe Perrot, Jimmy Robert, Pietro Roccasalva, Gedi Sibony, Alexandre Singh, Roman Signer, and Laurent Laclos.

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Arcadia

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Third Peak

Art : Concept presents Third Peak, a group show with Whitney Bedford, Stef Driesen, Rosson Crow, Philippe Perrot, Dirk Bell, Anne-Laure Sacriste and Andrew Guenther.

Photo : D. L’Honorey

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