Judith Bernstein

1942 · United States

Artist biography

Judith Bernstein is regarded as a well established artist, who was born in the United States. Judith Bernstein was born in 1942. Born in the same country and around the same year are Chuck Close, Dale Chihuly, Bruce Nauman, James Turrell and Barbara Kruger.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Judith Bernstein's work is available on display in multiple galleries around the globe such as in Switzerland and the United States. Galleries exhibiting Judith Bernstein's work include Karma International in Switzerland, as well as Karma International | Los Angeles and Mary Boone Gallery | Uptown in the United States. Judith Bernstein most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Karma International in Zurich (06 June 2019 until 12 July 2019) with the exhibition Blue Balls . Judith Bernstein's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; Downtown Painting (04 June 2019 - 19 July 2019) at Peter Freeman, Inc. in New York and FUCK YOUR FEAR (18 January 2019 - 19 April 2019) at Van Horn in Düsseldorf.

Historical Context of United States

The United States, especially New York city, endures as a central point that has played a significant role in developing modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century. The idea of New York as a new cosmopolitan and highly powerful art centre emerged in the post war era, and the city succeeded in asserting its supremacy over Paris, which used to be regarded as the most powerful international art centre. The authority of the political and economic institutions of the United States in the modern sphere has provided the country with a prevailing influence on the visual culture of the world. Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, are essential art movements that blossomed in the US. These very movements also echoed into a myriad of variations, such as alternative forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast adaptations of Pop Art, among others. Some internationally distinguished U.S artists of the modern age include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Judith Bernstein

Judith Bernstein was born in 1942 and was primarily inspired by the 1960s growing up. The universal impact of the 1960s was truly astonishing across the globe. Representative of a time inspiring both faith and anger, the 1960s prompted an explosion of cutting-edge philosophies and movements, truly exciting and spectacular. Historically established in the context of the Cold War, which would have a highly powerful impact worldwide, largely defined by the Iron Curtain dividing Europe both physically and spiritually, and drastically marked by the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The 1960s re-defined all pre-existing assumptions on gender, race and justice, questioned education as well as morality and selfhood – for instance through the civil rights movement and second wave of feminism, as well as student political uprisings. The significant boom of mass consumerism also defined the era, generating new trends in marketing and advertising. Minimalism established the central idea that art should subsist in its own reality, and not try to mimic the physical world. Born of a desire to eradicate all pre-established notions about art, Minimalism turned into a radically progressive movement, highly influential worldwide, with artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin as key actors. Minimalism became significant through the works of artists such as Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley, while Pop art was an essential by-product of the latter, simultaneously critiquing and glorifying popular culture. The iconic contemporary art movements that reverberated through the wave of radicalism of the 1960s also had their own nuances and scopes, particular to different regions or countries. Spatialism, for example, was established in Italy by Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni, and its ideologies embraced by the Zero group in Germany. Across Europe, the ideologies of Existentialism strongly influenced artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, who sought to depict the raw human emotions often connected to reflections on death and the lingering angst of the meaninglessness of life.

Judith Bernstein

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