Becky Beasley is a voracious reader, and she draws from a range of literary writers and texts, as well as canonical works of art and the history of photography, in making her work. The title of her current exhibition, Spring Rain, is taken from a short story by Bernard Malamud, for example.
The artist has suggested the following texts for those who would like to dig deeper into her interests and influences.
Geoffrey Batchen Forget Me Not: Photography and Remembrance
Samuel Beckett Mercier and Camier and Murphy
Thomas Bernhard Correction, The Loser, Old Masters and Wittgenstein's Nephew: A Friendship
Maurice Blanchot The Space Of Literature and Thomas the Obscure
Lydia Davis The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis
Gilles Deleuze What is a Minor Literature?
Marcel Duchamp Manual of Instructions: Étant donnés: 1° la chute d'eau, 2° le gaz d'éclairage...
William Faulkner As I Lay Dying
Gustave Flaubert Sentimental Education
Kevin Hart (ed.) Nowhere Without No: In Memory of Maurice Blanchot
Xavier de Maistre Voyage Around My Room
Bernard Malamud The Complete Stories
Herman Melville Bartletby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street and Moby Dick
Carlo Mollino Message from the Darkroom
Georges Perec Species of Spaces & Other Pieces, Things: A Story of the Sixties with A Man Asleep and W, or the Memory of Childhood
Laurence Sterne The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Volume 5 in particular)
Michael R. Taylor Marcel Duchamp Étant donnés
Robert Walser, Susan Sontag (ed.) Selected Stories