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Gina Beavers: The Life I Deserve

March 31 – September 2, 2019


MoMA PS1 presents the first solo museum exhibition of New York-based artist Gina Beavers (American, b. 1974). In her visceral, vexing, often grotesque paintings, Beavers transforms images sourced from the internet into painted reliefs composed from thick layers of acrylic medium. Born from the online world yet stubbornly physical, Beavers’s paintings condense the ether of digital images into bodily objects that convey both sensuality and abjection. Confronting questions of consumption, desire, and self-fashioning, she gravitates toward a repertoire of recurring subjects that reflect everyday life in the age of social media, such as “food porn,” bodybuilder selfies, and makeup tutorials. Rendered with an unsettling degree of realism, Beavers’s work is always more than merely representational. Whether depicting a painter’s palette or the fluorescent green of a bulbous tennis ball, her high-relief paintings protrude obscenely into the space of the viewer, insisting on their status as tactile things. In her more recent work, the artist both parodies and venerates iconic figures from the history of art, from Van Gogh to Mondrian, pointing to a deep engagement both with painting’s legacies and its continued relevance as a critical lens on contemporary culture.

Gina Beavers is organized by Oliver Shultz, Curatorial Associate, MoMA PS1.

Major support is provided by The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art and by The Tom Slaughter Exhibition Fund. Additional funding is provided by the MoMA PS1 Annual Exhibition Fund.


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Gina Beavers. Smoky Eye Tutorial. 2014. Acrylic and wood on canvas panel. Courtesy the artist

Gina Beavers. Mona Lisa Nail. 2015. Acrylic on linen panel. Courtesy the artist.

Gina Beavers. Cake. 2015. Acrylic on canvas panel. Courtesy the artist

Gina Beavers. Who Has Braces? 2014. Acrylic and wood on canvas panel with wood frame. Courtesy the artist

Gina Beavers. Tag Yourself. 2016.  Acrylic on canvas panel. Courtesy the artist

Gina Beavers. Kimchi Hot Dogs. 2014. Acrylic and wood strips on canvas panel. Courtesy the artist

Gina Beavers. Dice Nails. 2014. Acrylic on canvas panel with wood frame. Courtesy the artist

Gina Beavers. Local Pasteurized Beef. 2014. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy the artist