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Bruce Beasley Works Biography

Bruce Beasely

 

Bruce Beasley is an American abstract expressionist sculptor born in Los Angeles and currently living in Oakland, California.  He attended Dartmouth College from 1957-59, and the University of California, Berkely from 1959-62 where he earned his BA.  Beasley ranks among the most productive sculptors of the post-Henry Moore/David Smith generation of abstract sculptors.  His work can be found in the permanent collection of 30 art museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City; the Guggenheim Museum, New York City; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The National Art Museum of China in Bejing; The Musee National d’art Moderne-Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris; the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, DC; the Kunsthalle Mannheim in Germany; and the Islamic Museum in Cairo. 

 

In the 1968, Beasley began investigating the use of transparency as a sculptural medium.  He was fascinated by the esthetics of transparency, Beasely worked in a cast acrylic for the next ten years.  In 1974, members of the undersea research community approached Beasley to see if he could adapt his technique to cast transparent bathyspheres for undersea exploration.  He succeeded in creating the bathyspheres for Johnson Sea Link submersibles for Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.  It was these submersibles that were deployed to locate the crew compartment on the bottom of the ocean after the Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrated upon liftoff in 1986.  Beasely continued to make transparent sculpture for the next ten years. The work exhibited widely both in the U.S. and abroad including solo exhibitions in 1972 at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the San Diego Museum of Art, and group shows including the Salon de Mai in Paris and at Expo 70 in Osaka, Japan.

 

In 1980, he returned to metal, exploring a more formal geometry with a series of large sculptures produced in both stainless steel and aluminum.  He created a number of monumental commissions for public institutions including the San Francisco International Airport; Stanford University; the State of California; the state of Alaska; the Miami International Airport; the City of Eugene, Oregon and Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey.

 

In 2008, Beasley began sculpting a new series of intersecting stainless steel disks.  One of the series, commissioned by the Chinese Government for the Bejing Summer Olympics is 15 feet tall and remains permanently installed as part of the Bejing Olympic Park. 

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