“A joyful reminder of the sheerly exhilarating experience of dwelling in our curious, physical bodies in the puzzling and contradictory realities which constitute our world.”
Art Week, Los Angeles
Anne Bean has undertaken numerous solo and collaborative projects worldwide in a range of media from light and sound to performance, sculpture and drawing. Born in Zambia and resident in the UK, she studied Fine Art at Cape Town and Reading Universities and made her first performance work outside Africa in 1970.
Anne has twice been awarded the Time Out Award for performance art, once for her long-standing contribution to live art and then as a founder member of the legendary Bow Gamelan Ensemble with Paul Burwell and Richard Wilson.
In an essay commissioned for Anne’s publication Autobituary (2006), the art critic and curator Guy Brett wrote :
“Reading Anne Bean’s CV is like following a continuous performance, a continuous response to the world….. a “magification” of the world. The panoply of places she has worked, times of the day or night, interiors, exteriors, seasons, publics, materials, concepts, tools, is astonishing: all shifting but all attuned to unique situations.”