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Figure (Part 3) (2008)

Becky Beasley

selenium toned gelatin silver print, brown acrylic glass, wooden artist's frame

Leeds Art Gallery

Figure (Part 3) (2008)

© Becky Beasley Courtesy Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds, and Laura Bartlett Gallery, London



Installation, Photograph


Photograph, Wood, Glass

Physical Object Description:

Reproduction of large plank. Each part signed, titled, numbered and dated ‘FIGURE (PART 3) 2008 Ed. 2/2 R Beasley’ on a label affixed to the reverse. This work is number 2 from an edition of 2.


102.5 x 154.5 cm


Presented by the Contemporary Art Society with the support of Leeds Art Gallery, 2013/14

Ownership history:

Purchased at auction from Phillips by the Contemporary Art Society at the sale: Under the Influence, 11 December 2013, lot 82, with support from Leeds Art Gallery; presented to Leeds Art Gallery, 2014
Beasley’s work is predominantly concerned with the relationships between objects and photography. Its form oscillates between object-based sculpture and its photographic representation. In practice, her work often transforms a sculpture to a photograph, after which another sculpture might be made. Beasley’s work highlights ambiguities in the relationships between images and objects and, later, between artwork and viewer.

Figure (Part 3) is from a series of works depicting constructed objects which possess a profound ambiguity: they seem to suggest a ‘use’, which is then denied by depicting a type of plank used in construction work, but quite useless as a plank. The work can be linked to Beasley’s time spent in Athens in 2004, when, she says, she ‘became interested in temporary structures which appeared and disappeared daily in a city under rapid reconstruction and modernisation. I began to think of buildings as a potential still life.’

The close ties between Leeds Art Gallery and The Henry Moore Institute, which manages the sculpture collection and archive of Leeds Museums and Galleries, will ensure that this work benefits from the world-class displays organised by these two institutions and the scholarship fostered by the Institute.

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