Judith Bernstein, ‘Brain’, 1995, Simon Lee Gallery

About Judith Bernstein

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.

American, b. 1942, Newark, New Jersey, based in New York, New York