Rachel Beach

Artist Biography

Rachel Beach’s practice comes out of sculpture: constructed wood forms with plaster, aluminum and resin elements that relate to the figure, and most recently, photographs of hands painted with analogous forms.

Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions at institutions and galleries in the United States and Canada including Blackston, NY, the Philbrook Museum, Tulsa, OK; Postmasters, New York, NY; Lennon Weinberg, New York, NY; Mixed Greens, New York, NY; Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art and MSVU Art Gallery in Canada and most recently the Visual Art Center of New Jersey in Summit.

Beach is a recent recipient of a Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Residency (2013-14), a Pollack-Krasner Grant, a Yaddo Artist Residency, a Canada Council for the Arts grant, an Artist Residency at the Lower East Side Printshop and Socrates Sculpture Park grant. Her work has been written about in The New York Times, Art in America, Hyperallergic, The Brooklyn Rail among other publications.

She received her MFA from Yale University in 2001 and BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1998. She was born in London, Canada and lives in New York.

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Artist Statement

Vagary of Abstraction

Dan Walsh, Lisa Beck, Nate Ethier, Rachel Beach

June 23, 2017 - July 28, 2017

Frank, Pricilla. “16 Contemporary Women Sculptors You Should Know,” Huffington Post, (July. 2014).
Indrisek, Scott. “Singing Mussels, Swimming Pools, and Airplants: This Is Sculpture” BlouinArtInfo, (June, 2014).
Andrew, Jason. “After the Miami Art Fairs: 9 Artists to Watch,” Hyperallergic, (Dec. 2013).
Hassel, Matthew. “Between Asking and Telling: An Interview with Rachel Beach,” NYArts Magazine, (Nov. 2013).
“The Lookout: Rachel Beach at Blackston,” Art in America, (Oct, 2013).
Hurst, Howard. “How to be a Lady Painter,” Hyperallergic, (October 9, 2012).
Truax, Stephen “Flying Solo at Volta,” Hyperallergic, (March 2012).
Smith, Roberta. “Rachel Beach: ‘GATHER-ER’,” The New York Times, (March 2011), p.C21
Vartanian, Hrag. “Sculpture Today: A Discussion with Joy Curtis and Rachel Beach,” Hyperallergic, (March 2011).
Mnoian, Tami. “Rachel Beach Hunts and Gathers,” Imprint, (March 2011).
Williams, Sam. “Summer Camp,” Frieze, (Aug 2010).
Maliszewski, Lynn. “Procedural Musings – Rachel Beach,” BOMB, (July 2010).
Pulimood, Steve. “Rachel Beach Paints the Rainbow in Brooklyn,” Interview Magazine (March 24, 2009).
Christopher, Reiger. “Rachel Beach at Like the Spice,” ArtCat Zine, (April 8, 2009).
Heartney, Elenor and Mark Dean. “Exporting Pop: A Western Fantasy,” Catalog Essay (March 2009).
Ruble, Casey. “Rachel Beach: Bespoke,” Art in America, (October 2008), p.184-5; illus.
Vartanian, Hrag. “Flip: Rachel Beach and Nora Herting,” Brooklyn Rail, (April 2008), p.51; illus.
Stevens, Rodger. “Critics Pics – Flip,” WagMag, (March 2008).
Powell, Kate Tierney. “Rachel Beach – Rabbit Hole,” New City Chicago, (January 2008).
Courson, Patricia. “Rachel Beach – Rabbit Hole,” FlavorPill, (January 2008).
Reiger, Christopher. “Six of One,” Catalog Essay, (November 2007).
Bischoff, Dan. “Working Small But Thinking Big,” The Star -Ledger, (Nov. 30, 2007).
Reiger, Christopher. “Gallery Report,” Hungry Hyaena, (June 5, 2007)
Holmes, Tom “Where To Put a Painting,” The Wight Biennial Catalog Essay, (October 2001).
Metcalfe, Robin. “Friend or Faux,” C Magazine,Vol. 64 (Nov.1999-Feb 2000), p. 20-3.
Reid, Robert. “Maverick Artist: Waterloo’s Rachel Beach finds success,” The Record, (July 17, 1999), p.E1.
“An Arresting Warrant,” The Coast, (June 24-July 1, 1999).
“Exhibit Warrants Shock,” The Chronicle Herald, (July 11, 1999).
Metcalfe, Robin. “Too Rich and Too Thin,” Style Council Catalog Essay, (January 1999).
Fullerton, Kim, Cheryl Sourkes. “Lunch Money,” Catalog Essay, (March 1999).
Barham, Scott. “Art Explores Major Schism,” Saturday Free Press, (Oct. 17, 1998). p.B6.
Metcalfe, Robin. “Letter From Halifax,” C Magazine, vol.60, (Nov 1998-Jan 1999), p.40; illus.