Judith Bernstein

American, b. 1942

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Judith Bernstein

American, b. 1942

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Judith Bernstein’s drawings and paintings are inspired by her early introduction to graffiti during her time at Yale School of Art; as such, her iconic style features expressive line work, graphic images, and a biting sense of humor. Bernstein frequently uses her art as a vehicle for her outspoken feminist and anti-war activism, often provocatively drawing links between the two. Her best-known work features her iconic motif of an anthropomorphized screw, which has become the basis for a number of allegories and visual puns. Bernstein was also a participant in many activist organizations—most famously, the Guerrilla Girls and the Art Workers’ Coalition. In the 1970s she was a founding member of A.I.R. Gallery, the first to be devoted to showing female artists. Recently her work was included in group exhibitions at Hauser & Wirth, London and Zurich, and MoMA PS1. "This year, Judith Bernstein: Hard" was a one-person exhibition at the New Museum; her work was also included in the Whitney’s "Sinister Pop" exhibition; Bernstein’s drawings and onsite mural will be in "Keep Your Timber Limber" at ICA London (title taken from Bernstein’s drawing); and a third solo exhibition at her gallery The Box L.A.

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Biography

Judith Bernstein’s drawings and paintings are inspired by her early introduction to graffiti during her time at Yale School of Art; as such, her iconic style features expressive line work, graphic images, and a biting sense of humor. Bernstein frequently uses her art as a vehicle for her outspoken feminist and anti-war activism, often provocatively drawing links between the two. Her best-known work features her iconic motif of an anthropomorphized screw, which has become the basis for a number of allegories and visual puns. Bernstein was also a participant in many activist organizations—most famously, the Guerrilla Girls and the Art Workers’ Coalition. In the 1970s she was a founding member of A.I.R. Gallery, the first to be devoted to showing female artists. Recently her work was included in group exhibitions at Hauser & Wirth, London and Zurich, and MoMA PS1. "This year, Judith Bernstein: Hard" was a one-person exhibition at the New Museum; her work was also included in the Whitney’s "Sinister Pop" exhibition; Bernstein’s drawings and onsite mural will be in "Keep Your Timber Limber" at ICA London (title taken from Bernstein’s drawing); and a third solo exhibition at her gallery The Box L.A.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
New Museum
Group
Group show at a major institution
MoMA PS1, and 2 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
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Sep 20th, 2016
The Pioneering Women Who Championed Sexually Explicit Art
Why Feminist Artists of the 1960s and ’70s Don’t Need to Be Revived
Feb 22nd, 2016
Why Feminist Artists of the 1960s and ’70s Don’t Need to Be Revived
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