509 West 27th Street
New York, NY
297 10th Avenue
New York, NY
For Independent, Kasmin presents the first focused exhibition of Judith Bernstein’s Word Drawings (1989-2009). First shown at The Drawing Center in New York in 2017-18, these charcoal on paper works depict single words in the explosively gestural manner of the artist’s monumental penis-screw hybrids from 1969 onwards and her 1986 mural of her own name, Signature Piece. Over more than five decades, Bernstein has developed a reputation as one of the most unwaveringly provocative artists of her generation. Since her earliest inspiration from the scatalogical graffiti in the men’s bathrooms of the Yale School of Art, she has explored the connection between sex and politics in works of trenchant feminist critique, humor, and direct visual impact.
About the Gallery
Founded by Paul Kasmin (1960–2020) in SoHo in 1989, Kasmin cultivates a rigorous exhibition program that places historic figures of Post-War art in dialogue with the evolving practice of established and emerging artists working today. For over 30 years, the gallery has nurtured the careers of eminent modern and contemporary artists including Tina Barney, Walton Ford, James Nares, Roxy Paine, Elliott Puckette, Mark Ryden, Bosco Sodi, and Bernar Venet, among many others, and put on the first-ever U.S. gallery shows of artists including Les Lalanne. Kasmin was among the first galleries to move to Chelsea in 2000 and continues to expand its program to include more artists and estates, now encompassing three gallery spaces anchored in the heart of the Chelsea Arts District at 10th Avenue and 27th Street.
Judith Bernstein, Dream, 1995, charcoal on paper, 47 1/2 x 63 inches (120.7 x 160 cm.). Image Courtesy of the Artist and Kasmin New York
Judith Bernstein, Liberty, 1995, charcoal on paper, 47 1/2 x 63 inches (120.7 x 160 cm.). Image Courtesy of the Artist and Kasmin New York
Judith Bernstein, Truth, 1995, charcoal on paper, 47 1/2 x 63 inches (120.7 x 160 cm.). Image Courtesy of the Artist and Kasmin New York