Tova Beck-Friedman


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Originally from Israel, in 1976, Tova Beck-Friedman earned her MFA from Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont. Between 1982 and 1984, Beck-Friedman continued her studies in Japan, shifting her focus from painting to sculpture and becoming influenced by sculptors such as Isamu Noguchi and his use of space as an element of his work. She began to arrange her figures into rhythmic groups that determined the spatial landscape and choreographed the physical interaction between the viewer and the sculpture. Beck-Friedman’s figures are both the actors and setting for a “transformational” stage where the viewer becomes the protagonist.

Recently, she has explored film-making  and photography in her work.  She contributed to the PixelDance Video Art Festival 2005 held in Thessaloniki, Greece and to the Detroit International Film and Video Festival 2005.

Beck-Friedman has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions and her work is found in institutions across the world, including Herzliya Museum, Herzliya, Israel; Cesky Krumlov Cultural Foundation, South Bohemia, Czech Republic; Morning View, Gulgong, NSW Australia; Fukuoka Town Hall, Gifu-Ken, Japan; National Artist Library of Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK; Museum of Modern Art Library, New York City, NY; National Gallery of Library Art, and the Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.

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Tova Beck-Friedman

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