Judith Bernstein b. 1942


Judith Bernstein (b. 1942, Newark, New Jersey, USA) lives and works in New York City. Since graduating from Yale in 1967, Judith Bernstein has developed a reputation as one of the most unwaveringly provocative artists of her generation. Steadfast in her cultural, political and social critique for over 50 years, Bernstein surged into art world prominence in the early 1970’s with her monumental charcoal drawings of penis-screw hybrids; early incarnations of which were exhibited at Air Gallery, Brooks Jackson Iolas Gallery, Brooklyn Museum, and MoMA P.S.1, among other institutions. In reviewing Bernstein’s 2012-13 solo exhibition at the New Museum in NY, Ken Johnson, critic at the New York Times, referred to these words as “bravura performances of draftsmanship” and “masterpieces of feminine protest”.


Solo exhibitions include Gasligting Universe at Karma International, Zurich (2022); Gasligting Forever at Kasmin Gallery, NY (2021); Hot Hands at The Box, LA (2020); Blue Balls at Karma International, Zurich (2019); Money Shot at Kasmin Gallery, NY (2018); Cabinet of Horrors at The Drawing Center, NY (2017); Cock in a Box at The Box, LA (2017); Dicks of Death at Mary Boone Gallery, NY (2016); Voyeur at Mary Boone Gallery, NY (2015); Judith Bernstein: Rising at Kunsthall Stavanger, Norway (2016); Birth of the Universe at Gavin Brown’s enterprise, NY (2014); Rising at Studio Voltaire, London (2014); Judith Bernstein: HARD at the New Museum, NY (2012); and Fuck Vietnam at The Box, LA (2011).


Bernstein has also exhibited at Kunsthaus Zurich (2021); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (2020); The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. (2019); Migros Museum, Zurich (2019); Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany (2019); The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY (2016); Migros Museum, Zurich (2015); ICA, London (2013); and Hauser and Wirth, Zurich and London (2011-2012).