Studio Voltaire is pleased to present New York-based Judith Bernstein in conversation with the critic and writer Louisa Buck, discussing Rising, Bernstein’s first solo commission outside of the US at Studio Voltaire as well as her prolific five decade-long career at the forefront of feminist activism and political injustice.
Judith Bernstein (b. 1942, New Jersey) lives and works in New York. Bernstein’s expressive practice embodies the psychological amalgamation of sex, violence and feminism, in varying orders and priorities. Bernstein attended the Yale School of Art as a graduate student in the 60s, during a time when Yale had an all-male undergraduate program. The gender inequality was extreme. This fact and many others led to her fascination with feminism and political injustices. Bernstein was an early member of many Art and Activist organisations including Guerilla Girls, Fight Censorship and Art Workers’ Coalition, as well as being a founding member of A.I.R. Gallery (the first gallery devoted to showing only female artists), where she had her first solo exhibition in 1973.
Louisa Buck is a British art critic and contemporary art correspondent for The Art Newspaper since 1997. She was a jurist for the 2005 Turner Prize. She is also an author or co-author of several books including Relative Values or What’s Art Worth? (co-authored with Philip Dodd) (1991); Moving Targets 2: A User’s Guide to British Art Now (2000); Market Matters: The Dynamics of the Contemporary Art Market (2004) and Owning Art: The Contemporary Art Collector’s Handbook (co-authored with Judith Greer) (2006). Her most recent book, Commissioning Contemporary Art: A Handbook for Curators, Collectors and Artists was published by Thames & Hudson in October 2012.
Judith Bernstein, Rising, 2014. Installation View, Studio Voltaire, London. A Studio Voltaire commission Courtesy of the artist and The Box, Los Angeles. Credit Andy Keate.