Dave Beech

Dr Dave Beech is Reader in Art and Marxism at the University of the Arts, London. 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 Deutscher Memorial Prize. His most recent books Art and Postcapitalism: Aesthetic Labour, Automation and Value Production(Pluto 2019) and Art and Labour:On the Hostility to Handicraft, Aesthetic Labour and the Politics of Work in Art(Brill 2020) re-construct art’s historical hostility to capitalism. Beech is an artist who worked in the collective Freee (with Andy Hewitt and Mel Jordan) between 2004 and 2018. His current art practice translates the tradition of critical documentary film into sequences of prints that combine photomontage and text art.