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Joyce Pensato (b. 1941, Brooklyn, NY, d. 2019, New York, NY)

Pensato worked in Brooklyn, NY and 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 solo exhibitions at Grice Bench, Los Angeles (2019); Lisson Gallery, London (2017); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2016), and the Museum of Contemporary Art, St. Louis (2013) among many others. Pensato has participated in group exhibitions including Parco Museum, Tokyo (2020); The Albertina Museum, Vienna (2019); The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2017); Kunsten Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg, Denmark (2016) and The Centre Pompidou, Paris (2013), among others.

Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Centre Pompidou, Paris; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Dallas Museum of Art and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

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