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Anne Bean

Anne Bean is a London-based artist who is an active and influential figure in UK live art and performance. Born in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) in 1950, she moved to England in 1969 after an initial art education at the University of Cape Town. She attended Reading University (graduated 1973), and her wide-ranging practice encompasses slide projections, drawing, photography, video and sound, with materials such as fire and pyrotechnics to weather balloons, wind and steam. Since 1970, she has presented solo and collaborative projects throughout Europe, USA, Africa, Mexico and Japan. In 2008, Bean was awarded the Legacy: Thinker in Residence award by Tate Research and the Live Art Development Agency. England & Co have exhibited her images relating to performance works from the 1970s at Photo London and Paris Photo. In June 2019, the gallery held a solo exhibition: Anne Bean: How Things Used to Be Now.

• Read the interview with Anne Bean in Fräulein magazine.

• Watch the Elles x Paris Photo interview with Anne Bean on YouTube.

Anne Bean at Frieze Masters 2022 with England & Co



Film & video   Photography   

Drawings & works on paper

Bloody Tears (for Ana Mendieta) - Details


Bloody Tears (for Ana Mendieta) 1985
15.75 x 11.61 inches (40 x 29.5 cm)
Blood and pencil on paper

My Body Speaks to Me - Details


My Body Speaks to Me 1979
9.06 x 12.01 inches (23 x 30.5 cm)
Watercolour and ink on paper

Who Speaks My Voice - Details


Who Speaks My Voice 1983
12.99 x 10.63 inches (33 x 27 cm)
Mixed media collage

Untitled (Photo-booth Performance) - Details


Untitled (Photo-booth Performance) 1978
9.06 x 7.09 inches (23 x 18 cm)
Set of four photo-booth prints with ink

I Believe in Nothing but Miracles - Details


I Believe in Nothing but Miracles 1979
10.04 x 8.07 inches (25.5 x 20.5 cm)
Black inks on paper