Joyce Pensato

  
 

Joyce Pensato

b. 1941 New York




Joyce Pensato who was born in Brooklyn, New York, the USA where she continues to live and work. Her paints exuberant, explosive large-scale likenesses of cartoon characters and comic-book heroes. Her seemingly frenzied technique – actually involving the deliberate accretion of successive layers of bold linear gestures, rapid spattering, and frequent erasures – results in alternately humorous and sinister imagery. 

While her prima facie subject matter ranges from Batman, The Simpsons and MickeyMouse to Felix the Cat and Elmo from Sesame Street.

Her artistic progenitors include Alberto Giacometti, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Abstract Expressionists such as Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, and Philip Guston.


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Joyce Pensato who was born in Brooklyn, New York, the USA where she continues to live and work. Her paints exuberant, explosive large-scale likenesses of cartoon characters and comic-book heroes. Her seemingly frenzied technique – actually involving the deliberate accretion of successive layers of bold linear gestures, rapid spattering, and frequent erasures – results in alternately humorous and sinister imagery. While her prima facie subject matter ranges from Batman, The Simpsons and MickeyMouse to Felix the Cat and Elmo from Sesame Street.

Her artistic progenitors include Alberto Giacometti, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Abstract Expressionists such as Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, and Philip Guston.


As well as excising her floating heads from the contexts of Gotham, Disneyland, Springfield or South Park, Pensato situates her figuresin troubling psychological states and indeterminate spaces. The true source of their meaning is concealed, not only by successive sweeps of paint but beneath the guileless grin of Donald Duck or the Caped Crusader’s eye-less mask. Taking much of her material from her surroundings in her hometown of Brooklyn, New York, USA – from graffitied walls to hand-scrawled shop signs – Pensato paints almost exclusively in shop-bought black and white enamel, while also employing charcoal and pastel for smaller-scale drawings. Recently Pensatohas began painting oversized murals, often taking weeks to complete, while there are also occasional leaps away from the monochrome world she generally inhabits into sporadic bursts of color, especially silver and gold.


Joyce Pensato's Solo exhibitions include Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria (2016), Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, USA (2015) and Santa Monica Museum of Art, USA (2013). Pensato’s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; SFMoMA, San Francisco, USA; the Hammer Museum, USA, Los Angeles, USA; the Dallas Museum of Art; St Louis Art Museum and the FRAC des Pays de la Loire, France. She has won numerous awards including the Robert de Niro Sr. Prize (2013), the Award of Merit Medal for Painting, given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2012), the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award (1997) and the Guggenheim Fellowship (1996).

CV

    2020
    • “GIN HUANG Gallery Taichung”, Gin Huang Gallery, Taichung, Taiwan.
    2018
    • ‘Joyce Pensato: L.A. Show’, Grice Bench, Los Angeles, CA, USA
    2017
    • ‘FORGETTABOUT IT’, Lisson Gallery, London, UK
    • ‘Make My Day’, Petzel Gallery, New York, NY, USA
    2016
    • ‘The Fizz’, Grice Bench, Los Angeles, CA, USA
    • ‘Joyce Pensato: Felix and Lincoln’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, USA
    • ‘The Godmother’, Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, IL, USA
    • ‘Later is Now’, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria
    2015
    • ‘FOCUS: Joyce Pensato’, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX, USA
    • ‘Later is Now’, Capitain Petzel, Berlin, Germany
    • Site-specific wall project, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA
    • ‘Castaway’, Petzel Gallery, New York, NY, USA
    2014
    • ‘Painter’s Painters: Gifts from Alex Katz’, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, USA
    • ‘Joyceland’, Lisson Gallery, London, UK
    2013
    • ‘I Killed Kenny’, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA, USA
    • Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Saint Louis, MO, USA
    2012
    • ‘You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do’, Corbett vs Dempsey, Chicago, IL, USA
    • ‘Batman Returns’, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, NY, USA
    2011
    • Hotel, London, UK
    2010
    • ‘Ask Joey’, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris, France
      2009
      • Capitain Petzel, Berlin, Germany
      2007
      • ‘The Eraser’, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, NY, USA
      • ‘Recent Drawings’, Schmidt Contemporary Art, Saint Louis, MO, USA

        SELECTED WORKS

        The Other Lenny

2015
203.2 x 203.2 cm
Enamel on Canvas
        The Other Lenny

        2015
        203.2 x 203.2 cm
        Enamel on Canvas
        Margate Batman 

2019
76 x 60 cm
2 colour lithograph on Somerset Tub Sized Satin White 410gsm
Edition of 125
        Margate Batman

        2019
        76 x 60 cm
        2 colour lithograph on Somerset Tub Sized Satin White 410gsm
        Edition of 125
        Snowball Mickey

2019
H25 x W25 x D20 cm
Bronze
Edition of 25
        Snowball Mickey

        2019
        H25 x W25 x D20 cm
        Bronze
        Edition of 25

        PRESS

        Cartoon-inspired artist Joyce Pensato takes us on a stroll
        VIDEO|Cartoon-inspired artist Joyce Pensato takes us on a stroll
        Joyce Pensato Interview: A Life With Cartoon Characters
        VIDEO|Joyce Pensato Interview: A Life With Cartoon Characters
        The New York Times|Joyce Pensato Who Made Cartoon Characters Complex and Dies at 77
        PRESS|The New York Times - Joyce Pensato, Who Made Cartoon Characters Complex, Dies at 77

        EXHIBITION

        GIN HUANG Gallery Taichung
        It’s an honor to announce GIN HUANG Gallery Taichung will having a grand opening on January 18, 2020! The first exhibition will show multiple international contemporary artists, including Japanese artist Yuichi Hirako, British artist George Morton-Clark, Taiwanese artists Lu Ying-Chang, and Chang Teng-Yuan. In the meantime, the heartening notice is our venue import an amazing piece "The Other Lanny" already collected by an abroad collector before our opening. The artwork was created by departed genius artist, Joyce Pensato. There are more wonderful works that will be displayed, the opportunity not to be missed.
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