For over ﬁve decades, New York–based feminist artist Judith Bernstein’s most powerful and intense relationship has been with her work. As a graduate student at Yale in the 1960's, she began to use the phallus as a metaphor for feminism and male posturing. This is where Bernstein (b. 1942) became fascinated with explicit grafﬁti that she discovered in men’s bathrooms, ﬁnding inspiration in the raw humor and unedited scrawls. This in-your-face oversized monograph captures the graffiti influences, aggression and humor strongly represented within the body of her work from 1966 to 2016. There’s a gritty and visceral quality to these political drawings. The charcoal works represent an amalgamation of antiwar, feminism and sexuality. The art confronts the viewer with the urgency and complexity of human relationships—issues that perpetually arise and tension that resonate from our origins to today.
This publication includes installation photographs from Alex Zachary Gallery, NY; New Museum, NY; and Hauser & Wirth, London.
Hardcover with Attached Plastic Dust Jacket, 188 pages, 9 inches x 13.25 inches, Edition Patrick Frey, 2017.