Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 5

Michael Beam
Turkish Medal

1996-1997

$3,500

About

Beam recognizes that a successful work of art “must develop its own personality…It must empower, engage or provoke the public’s attention.” One exhibition in particular, titled Owavino(1997-1998) [meaning last minute] held in Illinois—perhaps the pinnacle of media mastery—garnered Beam numerous reviews, attacks and responses, even after the exhibiton had closed, for his work Turkish Medal (1996-1997-2013). The painting combines a comparatively altered version of one of Pulitzer-Prize winning illustrator Bill Mauldin’s cartoons with overlays of clinical anatomy imagery. Art historians called the public’s negative responses “…an amusing tempest-in-a-teapot,” “a successful work of art!,” and “the [general] public’s uninformed reactions are a cause for concern.” Beam was said to be “capitalizing on profit-driven media,” and his work was attacked with comments such as “defacement,” “art sinks to a new level” and “outhouse doodles.” Michael Beam holds a Master of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from California University of Pennsylvania. Beam has over twenty years experience as a museum professional, highlights of his curatorial expertise include exhibitions created in association with Sonnabend Gallery, New York; Paul and Andy: The Early Years and Uncle Andy’s Carousel Horses with the Warhola Family, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is distinguished for curating a tremendous number of exhibitions including In the Dark, Show Us Yours: Artists Interpret Underwear which garnered international television and radio attention from WPZA, Boston; The Point 105.7, St. Louis; TALK 640, Toronto, Canada; Los Angeles Times and SAfm 104-107 Auckland Park, in South Africa. He received the 1996 Bychowski Meritus Award for service to the University Student Programming Council, representing Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, at the National Association of Campus Activities Conference in Nashville, TN. Additionally, he was chosen to represent the Masters Program and Advanced Graduate Studies at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in A Place of People with Purpose Publication. Beam, perhaps best known for his traveling exhibitions Jean-Michel Basquiat: An Intimate Portrait, photographs which examine the critical pre-fame years of Basquiat, winner of a Silver Addy Award, and Exquisite Corpse: Contemporary Figurative Flameworkers Play a Surrealist Game, consisting of an international grouping of glass artists’ reinterpreting the 1920’s Dadaist game Exquisite Corpse

Details

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Free Shipping: In-Home Delivery Shipping
    to United States 0, arrives in 1-2 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Buffalo, NY
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more
About the Seller
4.9 / 5
Located in Buffalo, NY
Platinum Seller
These expertly vetted sellers are 1stDibs' most experienced sellers and are rated highest by our customers.
Established in 1970
1stDibs seller since 2015
1,576 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: <1 hour
More From This Seller
  • By Michael Beam
    Located in Buffalo, NY
    The title for this work was inspired by the ruminations of Charles Manson in the 2010 publication Charles Manson...
    Category

    21st Century and Contemporary Conceptual Mixed Media

    Materials

    Spray Paint, Acrylic, Canvas, Glitter

  • By Jackie Felix
    Located in Buffalo, NY
    An original painting by American female artist Jackie Felix titled "Strapless" likely created in the 1990's.
    Category

    1990s Expressionist Figurative Paintings

    Materials

    Masonite, Acrylic

  • By Michael Beam
    Located in Buffalo, NY
    Peenemunde 1943—During World War II, German rocketeers developed Vergeltungswaffen or "V" weapons at the German ...
    Category

    21st Century and Contemporary Conceptual Mixed Media

    Materials

    Canvas, Found Objects, Mixed Media, Oil

  • By Michael Beam
    Located in Buffalo, NY
    Mistreated and abandoned spray-painted butcher paper (saturated), archival mounts, appropriated internet imagery...
    Category

    21st Century and Contemporary Conceptual Mixed Media

    Materials

    Archival Ink, Found Objects, Mixed Media

  • By Bruce Adams
    Located in Buffalo, NY
    A pair of paintings by American contemporary artist Bruce Adams. Art is the R&D for culture. Artists Conduct ...
    Category

    1990s Expressionist Figurative Paintings

    Materials

    Acrylic, Canvas

  • By Bruce Adams
    Located in Buffalo, NY
    A pair of paintings in one singular frame presentation by American contemporary artist Bruce Adams Art is the...
    Category

    1990s Expressionist Figurative Paintings

    Materials

    Acrylic, Canvas

You May Also Like

Entre el aliento y saliva (XI), neutral colored figurative painting
By Ana Garcés Kiley
Located in New York, NY
Ana Garces Kiley Entre el aliento y saliva (XI) 2008 Acrylic, latex enamel and ink on voile 60 x 50 inches
Category

Early 2000s Contemporary Figurative Paintings

Materials

Enamel

Nobody
By Vera Khodakova
Located in moscow, RU
Nobody, 2021, 120x150 cm
Category

2010s Conceptual Figurative Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Nobody
$3,311 Sale Price
20% Off
Rosie Copeland, Child’s Pose (after The Wave), Original Nude Painting
By Rosie Copeland
Located in Deddington, GB
Rosie Copeland Child’s Pose (after The Wave) Original Nude Painting Oil on Board Sold Unframed Image size: H38 x W76 cm Please note that in situ images are purely an indication of ho...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Conceptual Nude Paintings

Materials

Oil, Board

Group of Reclining Bathers - Modernist Nude Figurative Landscape
By Don Klopfer
Located in Soquel, CA
A group of red modernist nude female figures recline under a brilliantly blue sky in this vibrant, boldly colored large-scale figurative abstract landscape, posed with a nod to Picas...
Category

1990s Fauvist Figurative Paintings

Materials

Masonite, Acrylic

Woman with Cat - Fauvist Nude Portrait
By Don Klopfer
Located in Soquel, CA
Colorful depiction of a woman with a cat by California artist Richard "Don" Klopfer (1920-2009). Unsigned, but was acquired with a collection of his work. No frame. Board size: 9"H x...
Category

Late 20th Century Fauvist Figurative Paintings

Materials

Masonite, Acrylic

Recuerdo de París, One of a kind (Painting on banner)
By Celso José Castro Daza
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Recuerdo de París, 2019 by Celso Castro-Daza Acrylic paint on Banner Image size: 200 cm H x 160 cm W One of a kind Drawing on paper is his basic work tool, some are sketches of ...
Category

2010s Contemporary Nude Paintings

Materials

Plastic, Acrylic

"Sarah", figure painting and mylar collage of nude female lounging on bed
By Mel Reese
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Large scale acrylic painting with mylar collage elements of female nude lounging on her bed while reading. This is 1 of 4 large scale paintings I created during my MFA at SVA. Sarah...
Category

2010s Figurative Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Mylar, Acrylic

Mid Century Art Brut Oil on Masonite Female Nude Painting
By Sylvia Rutkoff
Located in New York, NY
Sylvia Rutkoff (1919-2011) sr19-1 “Topless” c.1950s Oil on Masonite 26.5x14.5 unframed Unsigned Collection acquired from family estate Sylvia Weinreb Rutkoff (1919-2011) Born...
Category

1950s Modern Figurative Paintings

Materials

Masonite, Oil

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery