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Dave Beech

Dave Beech is PARSE Professor of Art at Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg.

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Dave Beech is PARSE Professor of Art at Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg. He is the author of Art and Value: Art’s Economic Exceptionalism in Classical, Neoclassical and Marxist Economics (Brill, 2015), which was shortlisted for the Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Prize. He is an artist in the collective Freee (with Andy Hewitt and Mel Jordan), whose work has been exhibited at the Istanbul Biennial; the Liverpool Biennial; BAK, Utrecht; Wysing Arts, Cambridge; SMART Project Space, Amsterdam; the ICA, London; the Collective Gallery, Edinburgh; International Project Space, Birmingham; and 1000000mph Gallery, London. He has written widely on the politics of art, including The Philistine Controversy (Verso, 2002, co-authored with John Roberts). He is a founding co-editor of the journal Art and the Public Sphere (2011-). He curated the exhibition We Are Grammar at the Pratt Institute, New York, in 2011 (co-curator Paul O’Neill) and edited a special edition of Third Text on “Art, Politics, Resistance?” (2010) as well as a special issue of Art and the Public Sphere with Simon Sheikh on the biennale (2016-2017). Forthcoming publications include a co-edited book on taste after Bourdieu, a Dictionarium of Art’s Social Turn, and a book called Art and Labour. Forthcoming art projects include a collaboration with Vito Acconci at MK Gallery and a Freee solo exhibition at NN gallery.