Tally is the director of Tally Beck Contemporary, a Bangkok-based art organization with a gallery on New York's Lower East Side. TBC has exhibited solo shows of island6 in Thailand and the United States.
In November 2010, Beck curated "Electric Shanghai" in Bangkok, which featured eight island6 works of updated vignettes of Shanghai in the 1930s. In 2011, he and Hanting Zhu curated "Plugged In": island6 in Manhattan at the Tally Beck Contemporary gallery, an exhibition of 13 island6 works that reference ancient Chinese forms and principles while simultaneously lending the associated imagery an updated, contemporary edge.
Tally Beck studied Art History at New York University and specialized in contemporary Chinese art. He began his arts career in New York City by writing and speaking on the subject, and in January 2007 he began working for Red Gate Gallery in Beijing, the oldest contemporary Chinese art gallery in mainland China.
He was named director in 2008, and during his tenure, he wrote two books and over a dozen catalogue essays. He curated many successful exhibitions and edited numerous exhibition catalogues. In May 2009, he curated Individual, a show of new, cutting edge artwork from all over China. He included work by island6, giving them their first exposure in Beijing.
Tally Beck moved to Bangkok in February 2010 to pursue a Master’s degree at Chulalongkorn University in Southeast Asian Studies. Since 2009, he has served as Fine Arts Editor of the bilingual Chinese magazine, LifeStyle and contributes a monthly arts column. He divides his time between Bangkok and Manhattan.