An evening with Judith Braun, artist, and recent contestant on the first season of the much-discussed “Work of Art,” Bravo’s reality TV show for artists. Judith shared that experience and how it fit in with her life as an artist, based on her premise that she can “walk and chew gum.” The screening of her new short video “Survival: The Art of Self Absorption,” offered a candid glimpse into her attitude and approach as a “mature” artist in New York, and will be followed by Q and A, which Judith claimed is all part of her work at this time.
Judith Braun might be best described as a “re-emergent” artist. She originally entered the New York art scene in the 1980’s, under the name Judith Weinperson, (a twist on her then married name Weinman) participating with Group Material in their renowned “Democracy” project, and then becoming part of a wave of feminist art making with her solo shows “Read My Pussy” and “The Sacred Order of the Burning Bush.” Following that period, epitomized by the 1994 “Bad Girls” show at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, Judith withdrew from the scene for several years, a hiatus that came to a close as she re-entered the art world in 2004 through various alternative venues such as Pierogi Flatfiles, Nurtureart, and Artists Space. She then moved on to solo shows at Fruit and Flower Deli on the Lower East Side and Galerie Conrads in Dusseldorf, along with group shows in Spain and Berlin. Most recently she was at Frosch & Portmann on the LES, at Storefront in Bushwick, and is working towards a show at the Indianapolis Museum of Art for next year. Meanwhile, her appearance as a contestant on Work of Art has brought her into the broad dialogue about that show, and her particular role on the show has become a window into ongoing issues of age and gender.