Dianne Beal

Curator, art dealer

Dianne Beal has worked as an independent curator and promoter of contemporary Russian art since the mid-1980s. As a recognized specialist of non-conformist Soviet art, both in Washington and Paris, she has developed an excellent reputation for promoting intellectually challenging projects.

Dianne Beal earned a Bachelor of Arts in Russian and Eastern European Studies from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts in International Affairs from the George Washington University. Prior to opening her first gallery in 1994, she worked with other commercial galleries in Washington specializing in contemporary international art. She co-founded Galerie Blue Square in Paris in 2007. After living nearly eight years in France, she now spends time between Washington, DC and Paris.

Dianne Beal has been a visiting lecturer at leading US universities. She has served as guest curator and juror for various public and private institutions, including Citibank, the Mayor of Paris, the World Bank, Citibank, several American university art museums, the Louvre Museum, Museum of Modern Art in Paris, as well as other regional French museums. She has served as a consultant to UBS bank, acting as a private guide to its top Private Wealth clients at Art Basel Miami Beach. Dianne Beal had a long association with Norton Dodge, a major collector of non-conformist art from the Soviet Union, who also served as a mentor.

Dianne Beal was a guest curator of a major traveling exhibition of works by eleven artists, Russian Constructivist Roots: Present Concerns. In 2000, she organized a widely acclaimed installation Goodbye Favorite European Portraits: Hello Euro at the World Bank headquarters.