Judith Bernstein, ‘Dick in a Head / Flocked Pink’, 2013, ICA London

For 50 years Judith Bernstein (born 1942 in Newark, New Jersey) has created expressive drawings and paintings that boldly critique militarism and machismo in a manner that is at once humorous and threatening. Referencing the subliminal, Bernstein's work is a psychological amalgamation of sex, war and feminism in different orders and priorities. For the ICA, Bernstein has made her first flocked print since the 1970s. The print, entitled Dick in a Head, derives from an on-going series of drawings that refer to the idea that sex is in the head.

Bernstein's work is included in major public collections such as Whitney Collection, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Kronhausen Collection, Sweden; and Yale Art Gallery, CT. Her work was recently the subject of a major retrospective at New Museum, New York.

Signature: Signed and numbered

To celebrate the exhibition Keep Your Timber Limber (Works on Paper), New York-based artist Judith Bernstein has created a special limited edition print.

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

Group Shows

2017
VENUS, 
Los Angeles,
CUNT