Joyce Pensato (b. 1941, Brooklyn, NY)
Joyce Pensato lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She studied at the New York Studio School. Pensato is best known for her large-scale paintings which employ a familiar cast of cartoon characters, including Homer Simpson, Groucho Marx, Mickey Mouse, and a character the artist refers to as “The Juicer.” Pensato continues her baleful transmutation of American cartoon culture - employing her fast, assured, and gestural hand- to shed light on the arguable darkness lurking within our familiar Pop iconography.
Joyce Pensato has been the recipient of many awards including The Robert de Niro, Sr. Prize (2013); The Award of Merit Medal for Painting from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2012); Anonymous Was A Woman Award (2010); the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award (1997; Guggenheim Fellowship (1996); New York Foundation for the Arts (1995); and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation (1992).
She has exhibited widely, including exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, St. Louis (2017); Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria (2016); Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX (2015); Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica (2013); Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis (2013); Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (2000); the St. Louis Art Museum (1994); The Speed Museum of Art, Louisville (2011); and The Cleveland Museum of Art.
Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Dallas Museum of Art; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and the FRAC des Pays de la Loire, France.