Julie Becker, Interior Corner #2, 1993

Julie Becker (1972–2016)

Artist Julie Becker, “who stubbornly resist[ed] being ‘got,”’ said Jan Tumlir in the June 2009 issue of Artforum, has died at the age of forty-three in Los Angeles. Following brief studies at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin in 1991, she returned to LA to earn both her BFA and MFA at CalArts. She presented the work Researchers, Residents, A Place to Rest, 1996, which is comprised of miniature architectural models and dioramas, in the twenty-third São Paulo Biennial, where she was the youngest participant. The piece went on to be installed at the Kunsthalle Zürich.

Her funny, phantasmagoric works have appeared at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Her pieces are included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson; the Denver Art Museum; and the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich.