Judy Glantzman, Heroes, A Flag


The artist has to invent the machine that makes art, like learning to write a sentence that shows you its meaning. Go in and come back with a hint, a map, of what you see inside. Suggestion, implying what is underneath, behind, before, or after, is the job of art. That way there is room for the viewer, the participant. The rule of the studio, which I do not always succeed in following, is that if a thought pops in my head, I have to act on it. “What does impulse look like?” The way a pianist, practicing the scales, might hear a melody, I concentrate on exploring the relationship between the factual, the structural, and get out of our own way to allow the “melody” to show itself to us. Non-judgment; to see your work as separate from yourself.
Artwork Info
Date 2019
Dimensions 50 x 41.5 inches
Medium India and walnut ink, graphite, and acrylic paint
Artist Info
Born New York, NY
Works New York, NY

Reflecting on this Year

How to look at Racism? Accident, illusion, and emblem: Black History Flashcards, flowers and my eye, allow me to mourn and question my own place.
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Judy Glantzman is an artist living and working in New York City. The Betty Cuningham Gallery has represented her since 2004. Glantzman was part of the East Village scene in the early and mid-1980s, represented by Civilian Warfare and then Gracie Mansion Gallery. She is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, Anonymous Was a Woman, and a New York Foundation for the Arts grant.