Born in New York, New York, 1970; Lives and works in Los Angeles, California
My work does not pledge allegiance to a dominance of sincerity over politics, or intellect over sensuality or emotion. It rather creates a haven for these things to coexist, to be intertwined. — Amy Bessone, 2019
Paint, Porcelain And Pulp
Torsos & Buckets
Amy Bessone (b. 1970) is a Los Angeles-based visual artist whose practice across media challenges cultural representations of the female body, incorporating various art historical and kitsch references from Greco-Roman nudes to dime-store porcelain pinups. Subverting notions of female figuration and the male gaze, Bessone’s work addresses the dichotomies of high and low, gender and form. Using the physical body as a literal and conceptual framework, the artist exposes the fetishism of objects, both in the art world and as feminist theory.
Bessone is currently the subject of a solo exhibition curated by Elaine Levy, Playlet, at Oleksandrssssssss in Brussels (BE). Other past solo exhibitions include Reclamation Island at The Pit, Los Angeles (CA) in 2019; In the Century of Women at Gavlak Gallery, Los Angeles (CA) in 2016; and Amy Bessone at the Kunsthall Stavanger (NO) in 2014. Recent group exhibitions include All of Them Witches at Jeffrey Deitch, Los Angeles (CA) in 2020; Yarrow Pickers at Harper’s Apartment, New York (NY) in 2020; NO MAN’S LAND: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, which traveled from the Rubell Family Collection, Miami (FL) to the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. in 2016; and Amy Bessone and Thomas Houseago at the Rennie Collection, Vancouver (CA) in 2010. Bessone’s work is included in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (CA); the Rubell Family Collection, Miami (FL); the Saatchi Collection, London (U.K); and Frac Bretagne, Chateaugiron (FR).