Stein Judith

Judith Stein


BSR Contributor Since February 16, 2010

Judith Stein is an art writer and curator who lives in Center City Philadelphia. Visit her website at

Judith E. Stein is an art writer and independent curator, a recipient of a Pew Foundation Fellowship in the Arts, in literary non-fiction, for her writings on art (1994). Her publications in Art in America include a review of Judy Chicago's first East Coast show (1973); features on Fred Wilson's "Mining the Museum" (1993); Maya Lin (1994); the collaboration between John Ashbery and Jane Hammond (1995); Zoe Leonard (2001); and interviews with Jo Baer (2003), and Alfred Leslie (2009).

An art history major at Barnard College (1965), Judith Stein earned her M.A. (1967) and Ph. D. (1981) in art history at the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University and the Maryland Institute College of Art. As curator of 20th Century art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, (1983-95), she organized 90 regional shows and national touring exhibitions, including "Red Grooms: A Retrospective, 1956-1984" (1985); "Figurative Fifties: New York Figurative Expressionism" (1988); and "I Tell My Heart: The Art of Horace Pippi"n (1994), which traveled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This latter received the 1995 Award for Best Catalogue from the International Art Critics Association, American Section.

For New York's New Museum of Art, she co-curated "Picturing the Modern Amazon: The Hypermuscular Woman" (2000), co-edited its catalogue and wrote on women's bodybuilding and performance art in the '80s. She curated "Jules Olitski, An Inside View: A Survey of Prints, 1954-2007" (2008), a traveling show; and "Cool Man in a Golden Age: Alfred Leslie's Films, Books, and Installations, 1957-2009" for the Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, in 2009.

The postwar New York art world is an abiding interest. In 2008, her biography-in-progress of the New York art dealer Richard Bellamy (1927-1998) received a major Warhol Foundation/Creative Capital Arts Writers Book Grant. Her related articles include “Art's Wager: Richard Artschwager and the New York Art World of the '60s,†The Reading Room (2002); “A Bond of Steel: di Suvero and Bellamy,†Art in America (2005); and “Richard Tuttle on Richard Bellamy and the '60s,†Sienese Shredder (2006). Related lectures include “Richard Bellamy and his Circle of Friends,†Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam (2001); “Stepping into History: Richard Bellamy and the Sculpture of the Sixties,†Seattle Art Museum, (2003); “The Dealer as Co-Conspirator: Selections from the Richard Bellamy Papers at MoMA,†The New School, (2008).

Among her honors are writing fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and writing residencies at the Rockefeller Foundation Study and Conference Center, Bellagio, Italy, (1999); the Vermont Studio Center (2002); Blue Mountain Center for the Arts, (2005, 2008); the Millay Colony for the Arts, (2007); Ragdale (2009). She is represented by William Kingsland, Kuhn Projects, New York.

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'Bathers Playing With a Crab' (c. 1897): Surrounded by women.

"Late Renoir' at the Art Museum (3rd review)

An aging man's vigor: Renoir's sensual freedom in paint

The older Renoir became, it seems, the more voluptuous and freely painted were his women. It wasn't only the subject matter of a naked woman that telegraphed unbridled sensuality; the loosely stroked way Renoir applied paint also connoted licentiousness and unacceptable pleasures. The Art Museum's current show is a tribute to an aging man's vigor, and also to the perspicacity of Renoir's biggest fan: Albert Barnes.
Judith Stein

Judith Stein

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'Grinnell Mt. Gould' triptych (1938, 1998, 2006): Where are the snows of yesteryear?

Diane Burko's "Politics of Snow' at Locks Gallery

A change of temperature, on canvas

In “The Politics of Snow,” Diane Burko's painted sequences of the same vista incrementally pace us through the accelerating changes created by rising temperatures, as she charts the gradual disappearance of ice and snow in the face of global warming.
Judith Stein

Judith Stein

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