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Beverly Semmes, Green Sun, 2020, Ink, acrylic over photograph printed on canvas, 86 x 66 in.

Beverly Semmes, Green Sun, 2020, Ink, acrylic over photograph printed on canvas, 86 x 66 in.

Beverly Semmes, Poodle, 2019, Ink, acrylic over photograph printed on canvas, 81 3/4 x 50 in.

Beverly Semmes, Poodle, 2019, Ink, acrylic over photograph printed on canvas, 81 3/4 x 50 in.

Beverly Semmes, Necklace, 2019, Ink, acrylic over photograph printed on canvas, 71 3/4 x 50 in.

Beverly Semmes, Necklace, 2019, Ink, acrylic over photograph printed on canvas, 71 3/4 x 50 in.

Beverly Smmes, Slip, 2019, Ink, acrylic over photograph printed on canvas, 72 1/2 x 50 in.

Beverly Smmes, Slip, 2019, Ink, acrylic over photograph printed on canvas, 72 1/2 x 50 in.

2018, Helmet, UV print on canvas, ink and paint, 70 1/2 x 50 in. stretched

2018, Helmet, UV print on canvas, ink and paint, 70 1/2 x 50 in. stretched

Beverly Semmes, Gold Body, 2019, Magazine page with ink, paint, and glitter, 10 ½ x 7 ½ in. Sheet, 18 x 14 5/8 in. Framed

Beverly Semmes, Gold Body, 2019, Magazine page with ink, paint, and glitter, 10 ½ x 7 ½ in. Sheet, 18 x 14 5/8 in. Framed

Beverly Semmes, Big Glitter Hair, 2019, Magazine page with ink, paint, and glitter, 10 3/4 x 6 1/2 in. Sheet, 18 x 13 1/2 in. Framed

Beverly Semmes, Big Glitter Hair, 2019, Magazine page with ink, paint, and glitter, 10 3/4 x 6 1/2 in. Sheet, 18 x 13 1/2 in. Framed

Beverly Semmes, Glitter Pink, 2019, Magazine page with ink, paint, and glitter, 7 1/4 x 7 1/4 in. Sheet, 14 5/8 x 14 3/8 in. Framed

Beverly Semmes, Glitter Pink, 2019, Magazine page with ink, paint, and glitter, 7 1/4 x 7 1/4 in. Sheet, 14 5/8 x 14 3/8 in. Framed

Installation View, Beverly Semmes: Bow, 2017

Installation View, Beverly Semmes: Bow, 2017

Beverly Semmes, Bow (Blue Curtain), 2016, Tulle, 132 192 x 12 in.

Beverly Semmes, Bow (Blue Curtain), 2016, Tulle, 132 192 x 12 in.

Blue Arms, 2016, Verso of painted inkjet print on photographic paper, 73 3/8 x 45 1/4 in.

Blue Arms, 2016, Verso of painted inkjet print on photographic paper, 73 3/8 x 45 1/4 in.

Beverly Semmes, Blue Legs, 2016, Verso of painted inkjet print on photographic paper, 76 x 42 1/2 in.

Beverly Semmes, Blue Legs, 2016, Verso of painted inkjet print on photographic paper, 76 x 42 1/2 in.

Pink Rock, 2014, Ink and paint on magazine page, 10 3/4 x 6 1/2 in.

Pink Rock, 2014, Ink and paint on magazine page, 10 3/4 x 6 1/2 in.

Violet, 2009, Ink on magazine page, 9 x 5 1/2 in. Sheet; 17 1/4 x 13 1/2 in. Frame

Violet, 2009, Ink on magazine page, 9 x 5 1/2 in. Sheet; 17 1/4 x 13 1/2 in. Frame

Beverly Semmes, One Green Leaf, 2013, Ink on magazine page, 10 7/8 x 7 11/16 in. Sheet; 18 1/8 x 14 5/8 in. Framed

Beverly Semmes, One Green Leaf, 2013, Ink on magazine page, 10 7/8 x 7 11/16 in. Sheet; 18 1/8 x 14 5/8 in. Framed

Model T, 2014, Ink on magazine page, 6 x 4 3/4 in. Sheet; 15 x 13 1/2 in. Frame

Model T, 2014, Ink on magazine page, 6 x 4 3/4 in. Sheet; 15 x 13 1/2 in. Frame

Stack Pot #1, 2015, High fire ceramic and epoxy, 53 x 17 x 16 in.

Stack Pot #1, 2015, High fire ceramic and epoxy, 53 x 17 x 16 in.

Long Neck/Stack, 2015, High fire ceramic and epoxy, 53 x 20 x 18 in.

Long Neck/Stack, 2015, High fire ceramic and epoxy, 53 x 20 x 18 in.

Suitcase, 2012, Clay, epoxy, paint, 56 x 16 x 16 in.

Suitcase, 2012, Clay, epoxy, paint, 56 x 16 x 16 in.

Cake, 2012, Clay, epoxy and paint, 45 x 24 x 24 in.

Cake, 2012, Clay, epoxy and paint, 45 x 24 x 24 in.

Yellow Pool, 1993, Organza and velvet, 96 x 336 x 348 in.

Yellow Pool, 1993, Organza and velvet, 96 x 336 x 348 in.

Installation view of Kimberly at NEON  Museum of Contemporary Art Crete, 2015

Installation view of Kimberly at NEON Museum of Contemporary Art Crete, 2015

Petunia, 2001, Nylon, polyester with attendant, 4 x 30 x 90 ft.

Petunia, 2001, Nylon, polyester with attendant, 4 x 30 x 90 ft.

Blue Gowns, 1993, Velvet and organza, 24 x 22 x 27 ft.

Blue Gowns, 1993, Velvet and organza, 24 x 22 x 27 ft.

Beverly Semmes

Born in Washington, D.C.
Yale School of Art, MFA, 1987
New York Studio School, 1983-84
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 1982
Boston Museum School, Tufts University, BA, BFA, 1982
Lives and Works in New York, NY

BEVERLY SEMMES (b. 1958) shines a light on the paradoxes surrounding the representation of the female body in media and culture. Semmes gained early recognition for her fabric installations of large-scale feminine garments, and her ongoing Feminist Responsibility Project (FRP) creates an intermediary space in which queries involving female sexuality can take form. Semmes has been honored with many solo exhibitions, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; the ICA Philadelphia; and the MCA Chicago. Her work was part of the 2018 Carnegie International and can be found in the permanent collections of the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC, among others.

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