Sue de Beer

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Sue de Beer
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Born (1973-09-08) September 8, 1973 (age 43)
Tarrytown, New York
Nationality American
Known for Video art, electronic art, new media art, sculpture, installation art, photography

Sue de Beer (born September 8, 1973 in Tarrytown, New York[citation needed]) is a contemporary artist who lives and works in New York City.[1]


De Beer received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (BFA) from Parsons The New School for Design in New York in 1995 and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from Columbia University in 1998. De Beer's work is located at the intersection between film and installation, sculpture and photography, although she is primarily known for her large-scale film-installations.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

De Beer was raised in New England, and lives in New York City. She cites the aesthetic of 1700 and 1900 New England as an early influence on her work:

Growing up in a rambling Victorian house with a widow's walk in Salem, Mass., which still exudes an air of its witchy past, she felt that mysticism was a kind of birthright, and it has been a more prominent element of her work in recent years.. Ms. de Beer has also borrowed from the dark, violent post-religious mysticism of the novelist Dennis Cooper. (From his novel "Period," used in a 2005 de Beer video: "I could open the other dimension right now if I wanted. Or I could stay here with you. I'm kind of like a god.") [2]

Time itself is the most often repeated subject of de Beer's work, emerging from images and ideas related to the passage of time. Ghosts, haunting, adolescence, trace memory and erasure find a common ground within this theme.

Ms. de Beer said that her fascination with ghosts is in one sense simply about finding a way to explore how we all must deal with the past and with loss as we grow older, a struggle that finds a metaphor in the artistic process itself.[2]

De Beer lived in Berlin, Germany between 2002-2008. She produced and shot three films in Berlin: 'Hans & Grete' (2003), 'Black Sun' (2005), and 'the Quickening' (2006).


  • Hans & Grete
  • Disappear Here
  • Black Sun
  • The Quickening
  • The Ghosts
  • Haunt Room
  • The Blue Lenses


Her work has been the subject of several major solo exhibitions including "Hans & Grete", at the Kunst-Werke, Berlin, "Black Sun", at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, "Permanent Revolution" at the MuHKA Museum in Antwerp, Belgium, and "the Ghosts" at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. She has exhibited widely in the United States and abroad at venues including but not limited to the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA PS1, the Brooklyn Museum, the Park Avenue Armory, and Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions in Los Angeles, the Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Kunst-Werke, the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, and the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt in Germany, the Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum in Graz, Austria, the MuHKA Museum in Antwerp, Belgium, and the Museum of Modern Art, Busan, in Busan, South Korea.[1]

De Beer's work has been associated with New Gothic Art.[3][4]

De Beer is an Associate Professor in the Art Department of New York University | Steinhardt.

Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • 2015 "The Blue Lenses", Marianne Boesky Gallery East, New York
  • 2012 "The Ghosts", Galerie Christian Ehrentraut, Berlin, Germany
  • 2011 "Silver and Gold", Marfa Texas, curated by Shamim Momin / LAND
  • 2011 "Haunt Room", the High Line, New York
  • 2011 "The Ghosts", Park Avenue Armory, New York, curated by Art Production Fund
  • 2011 "Depiction of a Star Obscured by Another Figure", Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
  • 2008 Sue de Beer & Delia Gonzalez: "Ghost Polaroid Graveyard", The Forgotten Bar, Berlin
  • 2008 "Permanent Revolution", Museum of Modern Art, Antwerp, curated by Dieter Roelstraete
  • 2008 "Zoetropes", Marianne Boesky Gallery at the Dark Fair, The Swiss Institute, New York.
  • 2007 "Permanent Revolution", Arndt and Partner, Berlin
  • 2007 "Permanent Revolution", Sandroni Rey Gallery, Los Angeles
  • 2006 "The Quickening", Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
  • 2005 "The Stills", Sandroni Rey Gallery, Los Angeles
  • 2005 "Black Sun", Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, New York, curated by Shamim Momin
  • 2004 "The Dark Hearts", Sandroni Rey Gallery at Statements, Basel, Miami
  • 2003 "Hans & Grete", Kunst Werke, Berlin
  • 2003 "Hans & Grete", Postmasters Gallery, New York
  • 2002 "Photographs", Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
  • 2001 "Photographs / project room: Ghost Stories Magazine", Sandroni Rey Gallery, Los Angeles
  • 2000 Sue de Beer & Laura Parnes: "Heidi 2", Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles
  • 2000 Sue de Beer & Laura Parnes: "Heidi 2", Deitch Projects, New York


  1. ^ a b c "Sue de Beer – Biography". Saas-Fee, Switzerland: European Graduate School. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
    "Sue de Beer – Biography". Official website. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Kennedy, Randy (January 26, 2011). "White Paint, Chocolate, and Postmodern Ghosts". New York Times. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  3. ^ Gavin, Francesca. Hell Bound: New Gothic Art. London: Laurence King Publishing, 2008.
  4. ^ Williams, Gilda. "The Gothic". Documents of Contemporary Art: the MIT Press, 2007.

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