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Judith Bernstein and Paul McCarthy in Conversation

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Judith Bernstein, BIRTH OF THE UNIVERSE #4, 2012. Oil on canvas, 96 × 96 in (243.8 × 243.8 cm). Courtesy the artist and The Box, Los Angeles. Photo: Sonia Li and John Reynolds

On the occasion of her first solo museum exhibition, Judith Bernstein will be joined by artist Paul McCarthy to discuss the themes of violence and sexuality apparent in both of their work. Margot Norton, Curatorial Associate and curator of “Judith Bernstein: HARD,” will moderate the discussion.

Judith Bernstein was born in 1942 in Newark, NJ, and has lived and worked in New York City since 1967, after she received her MFA from Yale University School of Art. For over forty years, Bernstein has been creating expressive drawings and paintings that boldly critique the underlying psychological connection between warfare and sexual aggression. Bernstein was a founding member of A.I.R. Gallery (the first gallery devoted to showing female artists) where she had her first solo exhibition in 1973. She was an early member of many art and activist organizations including Guerrilla Girls, Art Workers’ Coalition, and Fight Censorship. Most recently, she has had solo exhibitions at Mitchell Algus Gallery, New York (2008), The Box, Los Angeles (2009 and 2011), and Alex Zachary, New York (2010). Her work has been included in group exhibitions, such as “The Comfort of Strangers” as part of “Greater New York” at MoMA P.S.1, New York (2010), “The Last Newspaper” at the New Museum, New York (2010), and “The Historical Box” at Hauser & Wirth, Zurich (2011) and London (2012). Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Jewish Museum, New York, and Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven.

Paul McCarthy was born in 1945 in Salt Lake City, UT, and has lived and worked in Los Angeles, CA, since the early 1970s. He received his MFA from the University of Southern California in 1973. A world-renowned artist, McCarthy works in a wide variety of media, often exploring the idea of the artist-protagonist through American cultural mythology. Most recently, he has had solo exhibitions at Hauser & Wirth, New York, London, and Zurich (2011 and 2012), Peder Lund, Oslo (2012), The Box, Los Angeles (2012), the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2011), and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2008). McCarthy had his first major museum exhibition at the New Museum in 2001. His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, such as “Exquisite Corpses: Drawing and Disfiguration” at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2012), “Dance Your Life” at Centre Pompidou, Paris (2011), “The Luminous Interval” at the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao (2011), and “Skin Fruit: Selections from the Dakis Joannou Collection” at the New Museum, New York (2010). His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Tate Modern and Tate Britain, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, and the Punta della Dogana – Francois Pinault Foundation.

Sponsors

“Judith Bernstein: HARD” is made possible, in part, through the generous support of the Producers Council of the New Museum.

This program is made possible, in part, through the support of the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Education and public programs are made possible by a generous grant from Goldman Sachs Gives at the recommendation of David and Hermine Heller.

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