Ruth van Beek (1977)

Ruth van Beek’s (b.1977, the Netherlands) work originates in her ever-growing archive. The images, mainly from old photo books, are her tools, source material and context. Van Beek physically intervenes within the pictures. By folding, cutting, or adding pieces of painted paper, she rearranges and manipulates the image until her interventions reveal the universe that lay within them. Merely by suggestion, van Beek triggers the imagination, and therefore the discomfort, of the viewer: passive human hands are animated, objects turn into characters, and abstract shapes come to life. The original image may have been taken out of context, but the familiar imagery – the formal photography of an instruction book, a clearly displayed object, or a staged action – remains recognizable, and thus speaks to our collective memory. Contrasting elements engage in conversation in van Beek’s work: the dead past coming to life; the literal and the abstract; displaying and concealing expressively; both the limitation and the endless possibility of an archive. Hereby, van Beek joins a new generation of artists that, by finding restriction in closed archives, offer a counterweight to the limitless availability of information. The constant organization of the world around her even gets a literal representation in van Beek’s work: the rearranging hands of instruction books appear and reappear, like a self-portrait of the artist as a creator.

Her work was shown worldwide in various solo and group exhibitions. Among others: FOMU (BE), ETAL Gallery, (US), The Ravestijn Gallery (NL), Les rencontres d’Arles (FR), Flowers Gallery (UK) and Fraenkel Gallery (US). Works have been featured in magazines such as Centerfold Magazine, Foam Magazine, IMA Magazine, The British Journal Of Photography, The Aperture Photobook Review, Financial Times, Elephant Magazine and The NewYork Times. She has published several artist books, in 2018 her latest book “How to do the flowers” came out, co-published by Art Paper Editions from Gent (BE) and Dashwood Books from NewYork. (US).

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It's Nice That

It's Nice That

November 30, 2018
'Ruth van Beek's latest book approaches her archive both abstractly and practically'

Conscientious Photography Magazine

Conscientious Photography Magazine

November 26, 2018
'How to Do The Flowers'

Le Figaro

Le Figaro

November 11, 2018
'Le «salon a ppr oc he», l'autre visage de la photographie contemporaine'

Volkskrant

Volkskrant

November 9, 2018
'Bij Paris Photo herontdek je fotografie: een aparte route langs louter vrouwelijke fotografen'

9 Lives Magazine

9 Lives Magazine

ASX

ASX

October 10, 2018
'Ruth Van Beek: The Arrangist'

Tique

Tique

May, 2018
'The constructed surrealism of Ruth van Beek'

Self Publish Be Happy

Self Publish Be Happy

March 25, 2018
'Ruth van Beek'

It's Nice That

It's Nice That

January 31, 2018
'Dutch artist Ruth van Beek’s uncanny, lifelike compositions'

Le Monde

Le Monde

March 25, 2017
'Merci mon chien'

AMC Magazine

AMC Magazine

February, 2017
'Pure Intrige'

De Volkskrant

De Volkskrant

January 13, 2017
'Wat er onder de kleurvlakken zit blijft geheim'

Four & Sons

Four & Sons

October, 2016
'The Levitators'

NRC Handelsblad

NRC Handelsblad

September 18, 2015
'The Levitators, UNSEEN 2015'

NRC Handelsblad

NRC Handelsblad

December 2014
'New Arrangements'

Approche 2018

Ruth van Beek

Fri 9 Nov 2018 - Sun 11 Nov 2018


Solopresentation
Paris (FR)

PhotoFairs 2018

Scheltens & Abbenes, Ruth van Beek, Eva Stenram, Mona Kuhn, Freudenthal/Verhagen

Fri 23 Feb 2018 - Sun 25 Feb 2018


Art Fair
San Francisco (US)

UNSEEN 2017

Fri 22 Sep 2017 - Sun 24 Sep 2017


Art Fair
Amsterdam (NL)

Ruth van Beek

'The Situation Room'

Sat 17 Dec 2016 - Sat 4 Feb 2017


Soloshow
The Ravestijn Gallery

The Summer Show 2016

Ruth van Beek, Jean-Francois Lepage, Eva Stenram, Katrien de Blauwer, Michael Etzensperger

Fri 3 Jun 2016 - Sat 3 Sep 2016


Groupshow
The Ravestijn Gallery

Amsterdam Art Fair 2016

Ruth van Beek, Alinka Echeverria

Wed 25 May 2016 - Sun 29 May 2016


Art Fair
Amsterdam (NL)

UNSEEN 2015

Nico Krijno, Ruth van Beek, Darren Harvey-Regan

Fri 18 Sep 2015 - Sun 20 Sep 2015


Art Fair
Amsterdam (NL)

Photo London Somerset House 2015

London, UK

Thu 21 May 2015 - Sun 24 May 2015


Art Fair
London (UK)

Ruth van Beek

'New Arrangements'

Sat 8 Nov 2014 - Sat 20 Dec 2014


Soloshow
The Ravestijn Gallery

Ruth van Beek

'Levitators 2012-2013'