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    Walead Beshty exhibition at Thomas Dane, London

Walead Beshty's magnificent X-Ray-damaged photographs at Thomas Dane Gallery

Posted by Liv Siddall,

Los Angeles-based Walead Beshty, the artist famed for his Fed-Exed glass and copper cubes, is now showcasing an eerily beautiful selection of photographs at Piccadilly’s Thomas Dane Gallery.

An artist whose work is largely inspired by the in-between, Beshty’s photographs are a second run of exposures damaged by airport security x-rays. The first time this occurred was in 2006 when his negatives were almost destroyed by the fierce post-9/11 security systems, inspiring his notorious Travel Pictures exhibition. Beshty’s violent hole-punches in the negatives only add to the grimly beautiul, damaged photographs, and represent his political views on the palpable subject matter – an abandoned, trashed Iraqi diplomatic office located in former East Berlin.

Images courtesy of the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery
Photographer: Richard Ivey

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    Walead Beshty ‘Travel Pictures’ at Thomas Dane, London

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    Walead Beshty ‘Travel Pictures’ at Thomas Dane, London

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    Walead Beshty ‘Travel Pictures’ at Thomas Dane, London

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    Walead Beshty ‘Travel Pictures’ at Thomas Dane, London


Posted by Liv Siddall

Liv joined It’s Nice That as an intern in 2011 and is now one of our editors. She oversees itsnicethat.com and has a particular interest in illustration, photography and music videos. She also runs our London listings site This At There, and is a regular on our Studio Audience podcast.