Since receiving her MFA from Yale in 1967, Judith Bernstein surged into art world prominence in the early 1970s with her monumental anti-war and Feminist charcoal drawings of penis-screw hybrids; early incarnations of which were exhibited at AIR Gallery; Brooks Jackson Iolas Gallery, New York; Brooklyn Museum; and MoMA P.S.1, among other institutions. Her work continues to critique the cultural, political and social landscape of today.
Solo exhibitions include, Gasligting Forever at Kasmin Gallery, NY (2021); Hot Hands at The Box, LA (2020); Blue Balls at Karma International, Zurich (2019); Money Shot at Kasmin Gallery, NY (2018); Cabinet of Horrors at The Drawing Center, NY (2017); Cock in a Box at The Box, LA (2017); Dicks of Death at Mary Boone Gallery, NY (2016); Voyeur at Mary Boone Gallery, NY (2015); Judith Bernstein: Rising at Kunsthall Stavanger, Norway (2016); Birth of the Universe at Gavin Brown’s enterprise, NY (2014); Rising at Studio Voltaire, London (2014); Judith Bernstein: HARD at the New Museum, NY (2012); and Fuck Vietnam at The Box, LA (2011).
Group exhibitions include Permanent Collection at Kunsthaus Zurich (2021); Seven Stations, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (2020); Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, at The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. (2019); United by AIDS, Migros Museum, Zurich (2019); Masculinity at Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany (2019); Human Interest at the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY (2016); Toys Redux at Migros Museum, Zurich (2015); America Is Hard To See at the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY (2015); Keep Your Timber Limber at ICA, London (2013); and The Historical Box, Hauser and Wirth, Zurich and London (2011-2012).
Bernstein is a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship recipient (2016).