Amy Bessone

b. 1970, New York, NY
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA


EDUCATION
1993­-1995    De Ateliers, Amsterdam

1989-1993    BFA, Parsons Paris School of Design, Paris

1992    Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux ­Arts, Paris

1988-19­89  Barnard College, New York
 

SELECTED SOLO AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2016    In The Century of Women, GAVLAK, Los Angeles, CA

2015    Torsos and Buckets, Salon 94 Freemans, New York, NY (two person show with Matt Merkel Hess)

2014    Amy Bessone, Kunsthall Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway

2013    In the Green Room, Salon 94, New York, NY
2012    Hit Your Head!, VeneKlasen Werner, Berlin, Germany
2011    Baby Got Back, Praz­Delavallade, Paris, France

           Amy Bessone and Thomas Houseago, Rennie Collection, Vancouver, Canada (catalogue)

2010    Dancing Girl is Four Heads High, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (catalogue)

2008    With Friends Like These…, Salon 94, New York, NY (catalogue)

           With Friends Like These…, Salon 94 Freemans, New York, NY (catalogue)

2007    Body & Paint, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2002    Amy Bessone, Thomas Houseago, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium

2000    Les Salles Etrangères, Art&Com, Brussels, Belgium

1999    Amy Bessone­New Paintings, Buro Empty, Amsterdam, Netherlands
1997    Amy Bessone: Schilderijn en Tekeningen, De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam, Netherlands
 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017    Flaming June VII (Flaming Creatures), Gavlak, Los Angeles, CA

            Not I, We, Gavlak, Los Angeles, CA
2016     No Man's Land: Women Artist's from the Rubell Family CollectionNational Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C.
            
Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.
            Haptic, Alexander Gray Associates, New York, NY
            The Fool, curated by Westminster Waste, Rod Barton Gallery, London, UK

2015     NO MAN'S LAND:  Women Artist's from the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL

             In Reverse Order, The Cabin L.A, Los Angeles, CA

             Ten Year Anniversary, GAVLAK, Los Angeles, CA

             Present Conditional, Nino Mier, Los Angeles, CA

             Summer Group Exhibition, GAVLAK, Los Angeles, CA

             You Don’t Bring Me Flowers (The Mistress Project), 68 Projects, Berlin, Germany

2014     Beg, Borrow and Steal, Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA

             Person, Place or Thing, 68 Projects, Berlin, Germany

             Another Cats Show, 356 Mission, Los Angeles, CA

             Duro Olowu: More Material, Salon 94 Bowery, New York, NY

             The Last Brucennial, Vito Schnabel and The Bruce High Quality Foundation, New York, NY
2013     Body Language, Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom

             Optic Nerve 15, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL

             Invitation à l’imaginaire, Œuvres de la collection du Frac Bretagne, Frac Bretagne, France

             Beg, Borrow and Steal, Rubell Family Collection, Palm Springs, CA

2012     Eye of Horus, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland

2011     Between my head and my hand, there is always the face of death, The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

             I am who I am, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, MA

             Sentimental Education, GAVLAK, Palm Beach, FL

2010     Collection: MOCA’s First Thirty Years, MOCA Los Angeles, CA

             Cannibal’s Muse, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland

             SUPERNATURE: An exercise in loads, AMP, Athens, Greece
2009     Beg, Borrow and Steal, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL (catalogue)

            1999, China Art Objects, Los Angeles

            PLAY, Monica De Cardenas, Milan, Italy

            An Expanded Field of Possibilities, curated by Miki Garcia, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA (catalogue)
2006     Red Eye: Los Angeles Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL (catalogue)

            Transformers, Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV

            Hotel California, Glendale College Art Gallery, Glendale, CA
2005     Both Ends Burning, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (catalogue)

            b.a.­ba, un choix dans la collection du Frac Bretagne, Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Bignan, France
2001     Proposition 1 (Peinture), Art&Com, Brussels, Belgium
1999     Archétype, Brussels, Belgium
1998     Aanwinsten 1997, DNB, Amsterdam, Netherlands
1997     Comité '97, Jan van Nassaukazerne, Harderwijk, Netherlands
1996     Young Artists I, Sabine Wachters Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium

            Group Show, Sabine Wachters, Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium
 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2017     Pagel, David. “No wallflowers here: Sparks fly when art mingles on the walls of 'Flaming June    

             VII',” Los Angeles Times, June 27, 2017

2016      Breen, Matt. “The Fool” Time Out London. April 19.

              Mizota, Sharon. “Review: Women, divorce and art that turns shame into celebration at Gavlak gallery” Los Angeles Times.
              February 11.

              Drohojowska-Philp, Hunter. “Amy Bessone at Gavlak Gallery” KCRW: Art Talk. Aired January 28.

              Wagley, Catherine. “Amy Bessone: In the Century of Women” LA Weekly. January 19.

              Zappas, Lindsay Preston. “Amy Bessone at GAVLAK” Contemporary Art Review LA, January 13.
2015      Gavin, Francesca. “Neo-neoclassical Art” Financial Times. October 2.
              Bessone, Amy. “Post Woman”, Kaleidoscope, Issue 23, Winter 2015.
2014      Smith, Roberta. “Clash of the Items, at a Gallery Near You” The New York Times. August 13.

              Dolan, Maggie. “Doro Olowu: More Material opens on the Bowery” Paper Magazine. June 27.

              Carlos, Marjon. “A First Look at Duro Olowu’s New Pop Up Art Show ‘More Material”” Vogue. June 27.

              Jones, Heather. “Interview with Amy Bessone” Kunsthallestavanger.no. January 30.
2013      Finkel, Jori.  “Miami Art Collectors Take Works to Palm Springs Art Museum” Los Angeles Times. March 6.
2012      Frank, Priscilla. “Artists to Look Out for at Frieze Art Fair New York, 2012” The Huffington Post. May 3.
              Frank, Priscilla. “Amy Bessone’s ‘Hit Your Head!’ Reveals a Gruesome and Playful Side” The Huffington Post. March 30.

              Ackermanns, Tim. “Als hätten Außerirdische den Stift geführt” Berliner Morgenpost. March 4.

              Benschop, Jerriaan. “Critics’ Picks: Berlin” Art Forum. March 26.

              Motley, John.  “In Portland, the Best of 2011 in Visual Art” The Oregonian. January 6.
2011      Snyder, Stephanie. “Critics’ Picks” Art Forum. March 23.

              Kaiser, Phillip. “Amy Bessone- The Beacon of Modernism” Rennie Collection. Summer.

              Landi, Ann. “Dear Picasso” ARTNews. Pp. 93-99. May 1.

              Radon, Lisa. “Through a Kaleidoscope, Darkly” Ultra. February 13. (web: June 13)

              Motley, John.  “Review: Between My Head and My Hand, There is Always the Face of Death” The Oregonian. January 27.

              Kennedy, Kristian. “Shells of Our Selves” UNTITLED Magazine. Issue No. 2. Pacific Northwest College of Art. January 25.

              Bernstein, Amy. “Between My Head and My Hand, There is Always the Face of Death” Portland Art. January 21.
2010      Moss, Jennifer. “Dynamic Duo Mixes Classic and Modern” The Vancouver Sun. November 18.

              Martens, Anne. “Amy Bessone” Flash Art. Edition 273. July-September.

              Knight, Christopher. “Strange but Familiar Nudes” Los Angeles Times. May 14.

              Berg, Stacen. “SUPERNATURE at AMP” ArtSlant. March 23.
2009      Tagliafierro, Marco. “Play” Flash Art. April.

              Gibson, Allison. “An Expanded Field of Possibilites” Daily Serving. March 12. (web: June 13)
2008      Bessone, Amy. Amy Bessone. Edited by Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer. Salon 94, New York. October.

              Young, Paul. “The New Myth Makers” Angeleno. No. 91. Pp. 80-82. October.

              Lord, M.G. “L.A. Confident” Travel and Leisure. October.

              Parra, Jaime L. “Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn” Whitewall. P. 52. Summer.

              “Goings on About Town: Amy Bessone” The New Yorker. May 26.

              Kunitz, Daniel. “Amy Bessone’s Artificial Appeal” The New York Sun. May 9.

              Smith, Roberta. “Art in Review” The New York Times. May 9.

              “The Fetish Object: Blow Up” New York Magazine. May 12.

              Wolff, Rachel. “Amy Bessone” New York Magazine. May.

              Nguyen, Trong Gia. “Interview with Amy Bessone” ArtSlant. April.

              “Goings on About Town: Galleries – Uptown” The New Yorker. May 26.