Judith Ornstein

BROOKLYN, NY

Judith Ornstein
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Judith Ornstein was born in Newark, NJ in 1951.  She received a BFA from University of the Arts (1973) and an MFA from Yale University (1975).  Recipient of the National Endowment of the Arts in 1983, Tiffany Foundation Award 1980, Creative Arts Public Service Award 1979 and a Ford Foundation Grant 1975.  Several solo exhibitions at Willard Gallery NYC and Vibeke Levy NYC.  She is in various museum and private collections including the Albright Knox Museum, Vassar College Museum and the Cooper Hewitt Museum.  Judith has been on the cover of the Paris Review and written about in Artforum, Arts Magazine, The Los Angeles Times and GQ.

EDUCATION

•   YALE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ART, 1973-75, MFA
•   WIMBLEDON SCHOOL OF ART, LONDON, 1971-72
•   PHILADELPHIA COLLEGE OF ART 1969-71,1972-73, BFA  


ONE PERSON SHOWS

•  VIBEKE LEVY FINE ART, NYC, JANUARY 1984
•  CIRRUS GALLERY, LA, JUNE-SEPTEMBER 1983
•  WILLARD GALLERY, NYC, MARCH 1981, MAY 1979 AND  DECEMBER 1977
•  DOUGLASS COLLEGE ART GALLERY, RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, NJ   OCTOBER 1980
•  YALE ART GALLERY,  “THERE IS A CONTINUUM BETWEEN WHAT YOU NOTICE AND WHAT YOU DON’T”,       APRIL 1975 
•  PHILADELPHIA COLLEGE OF ART, FEBRUARY 1973  


GROUP SHOWS

•  Times Square Billboard, SEE ME GALLERY, Fall 2014
•  SEE ME GALLERY, SUMMER 2013
•  ARTSICLE, ONLINE GALLERY, < >, July 2012-PRESENT
•  GALLERY 718, BKLYN, NY, APRIL 2003 ANTOINETTE TORRENS GALLERY, NYC, SUMMER 1988
•  QUEENSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE GALLERY, DECEMBER 1987
•  BASKERVILLE AND WATSON GALLERY, MAY 1985
•  H.F. MANES GALLERY, NYC, NOVEMBER 1984
•  BASKERVILLE AND WATSON GALLERY, NYC, MARCH 1984
•  BELL LABORATORIES, NJ, JANUARY 1982
•  WALT WHITMAN CENTER, NJ   DECEMBER 1981
•  MASON GROSS SCHOOL OF ART GALLERY, SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 1981
•  WILLARD GALLERY, NYC, MAY 1981
•  PROCTOR ART CENTER, BARD COLLEGE, SEPTEMBER-NOVEMBER 1981
•  QUEENS COMMUNITY COLLEGE GALLERY, NYC, NOVEMBER 1981
•  AUDREY STROLL GALLERY, MEMPHIS, DECEMBER 1980-JANUARY 1981
•  J&E LOWE GALLERY, SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY, NOVEMBER 1980-JANUARY 1981
•  WILLARD GALLERY, NYC, MAY 1980 STATE UNIVERSITY OF NY AT COURTLAND, OCTOBER 1979
•  WILLARD GALLERY, NYC, SEPTEMBER 1979
•  QUEENSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE, NYC, OCTOBER 1978
•  WILLARD GALLERY, NYC, SEPTEMBER 1978
•  WILLARD GALLERY, NYC, JUNE 1978    


PUBLICATIONS

•  ARTS MAGAZINE, APRIL 1983,
•  ARTS MAGAZINE, REVIEW OF GROUP SHOW IMAGES AND IDEAS, SEPTEMBER 1983,
•   REVIEW OF CIRRUS GALLERY SHOW LOS ANGELES TIMES, JUNE 24, 1983, REVIEW BY W. WILSON
•   ALL IN LINE, SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY PUBLICATION, NOVEMBER 1980
•   D’ARS MAGAZINE, ITALIAN PUBLICATION, JANUARY 1980
•   CAPS CATALOG, 1979 GQ MAGAZINE, OCTOBER 1978, REVIEW BY H.H. SLOANE
•   ARTFORUM, FEBRUARY 1978, REVIEW BY LEO RUBENFINE
•   PARIS REVIEW, WINTER 1977, COVER
•   VILLAGE VOICE, DECEMBER 14, 1977, REVIEW BY P. FRANK
•   ARTS MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 1977, ARTICLE BY JONATHAN CRARY  


GRANTS

•   NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS, 1983-84
•   TIFFANY FOUNDATION AWARD, PAINTING, 1980
•   CREATIVE ARTS PUBLIC SERVICE PROGRAM, PAINTING, 1979
•    NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS, 1978-79
•   FORD FOUNDATION GRANT FOR ARTISTS, 1975  



COLLECTIONS

•   ALBRIGHT-KNOX MUSEUM, BUFFALO, NY
•   VASSAR COLLEGE MUSEUM, POUGHKEEPSIE, NY
•   COOPER HEWITT MUSEUM, NYC
•   VARIOUS PRIVATE COLLECTIONS      
























































ARTIST STATEMENT

My drawings reference cellular, biological and human forms. Networks of marks have developed into the floating forms, swells and inlets of the primordial soup. They are an index of moves, motions and systems, teeming with detail and patterns. Floating like a bloated protozoa. Shapes are familiar, deliberately ambiguous, suggesting natural phenomena. Large face-like elliptical forms float in a brightly colored atmosphere. Semi-lozenge linear shapes suggest fingers/hands, touching. Shapes inferring biological forms are embedded in tactile fields of space. They make subliminal connections and suggest that something is happening. The visceral impact is illusions of dimension, motions, transparency, weight and floating. Bright colors are free to be as clear as a Walt Disney cartoon and popped on an atmospheric black background. Pastels allow close physical contact with the material and allow me to show the subject matter to in it’s hallucinatory (but optimistic) intensity. I’ve had solo shows at Willard Gallery, Vibeke Levy Gallery, Cirrus Gallery, Douglas College Art Gallery and Yale University Art Gallery and have been included in numerous group shows. My work has been written about in Arts Magazine, Artform, GQ, LA Times and Village Voice. GRANTS: 2 NEA, Tiffany Foundation, Ford Foundation and CAPS. Collections: Albright-Knox Museum, Vassar College Museum, Cooper Hewitt Museum and various private collections.

JUDITH ORNSTEIN

b. 1951, Newark, NJ
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

EDUCATION
  • 1975Yale University, MFA
  • 1973Philadelphia College of Art, BFA
36 Tiffany Place
Ground floor
New York, NY 11231
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pastel and pencil on paper

Framed

One-Of-A-Kind, 24 in H x 18 in W

ABOUT

The drawing is an index of moves, motions and systems, teeming with detail and patterns. Floating like a bloated protozoa. Shapes are familiar, deliberately amb...[more]iguous, suggesting natural phenomena. white box frame

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