Kunstraum Innsbruck

Joyce Pensato

Later Is Now

02 Apr - 11 Jun 2016

Exhibition view, photo: Verena Nagl
Later Is Now
2 April - 11 June 2016

Kunstraum Innsbruck is pleased to announce Later is Now, the first institutional solo show in Europe by New York based artist Joyce Pensato.

Joyce Pensato 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 Mickey Mouse 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.

The show is supported by Capitain Petzel Gallery Berlin.

Joyce Pensato was born 1941 in Brooklyn, New York, where she continues to live and work. Her touring solo show, I Killed Kenny, was first shown at the Santa Monica Museum of Art (2013) and then traveled to the Contemporary Art Museum of St Louis (2014). Recent group exhibitions include Empire State, curated by Alex Gartenfeld and Sir Norman Rosenthal, at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome (2013); Interior Visions: Selections from the Collection by Alex Katz at the Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville (2012); and A Painting Show at The Speed Museum of Art, Louisville (2011). Pensato’s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; SFMoMA, San Francisco; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Dallas Museum of Art; St Louis Art Museum and the FRAC des Pays de la Loire. 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).

Tags: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Alberto Giacometti, Philip Guston, Alex Katz, Franz Kline, Joyce Pensato, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol