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 Mary Judge  (1953 - )

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: repetitive forms, drawing, ceramic

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Mary Judge was born in Easton, Pennsylvania and raised in New Jersey. Interested in art as a young person, she first attended Saturday Classes at Moore College of Art as a high-school student. She won a scholarship there and graduated with a BFA in Painting.

During this time she made her first trip to Italy studying at Temple University and also received a scholarship to attend Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, studying under John Moore and Janet Fish. She went on to receive her MFA at Tyler School of Art, again returning to Rome for a year of study, under the tutelage of painter Stephen Green and printmaker John Dowell.

Trained in traditional approaches, Mary Judge broke with these methods in 1995 after working intermittently in ceramic factories in Italy. From this point she began to work with reductive forms and modular structures, which necessitated the use of a symmetrical stencil that became the basis of her current "spolvero" drawings.

Her present work is characterized by the use of symmetrical motifs that become transformed through the process of repetition.

In her working technique, she folds a piece of paper and makes a line drawing which is perforated. This stencil is then opened, placed in contact with the support and pounced with powdered pigment. The resulting image records various random aspects of the pouncing process and reveals her interest in repetition and restrictive underlying structures. The works are at once reductive and complex, organic and geometric, diagrammatic and mysterious. Motifs that Judge uses range from her trademark concentric shapes to twisting spiral forms that respectively evoke tree rings or exercises for penmenship.

Supports include paper, canvas, brick, wood, building block. Judge also makes work in cast concrete, handmade paper and creates site-specific installations of drawings or painted murals on wall. Judge also makes book works.

She has exhibited at The Drawing Center, The Corcoran Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and many galleries in NY and internationally.

Judge is also engaged in a ceramic-design activity inspired by her fine-art.

The Fogg Museum Harvard University Cambridge MA
The British Museum London England
The Victoria and Albert Museum London England
The Philadelphia Museum of Art Philadelphia PA
The Allen Memorial Museum of Art Oberlin OH
The Corcoran Gallery of Art Washington DC

Prezensa: Artisti Stranieri Oggi in Italia (exh. cat.). Essay by Emidio DeAlbentiis. Ex-Ospedale Psichiatrico Santa Margherita, Perugia, Italy 1995 2 images black and white

Drawing Rules (exh. cat.). Essay, "Infinite Complexities," by Mary Murphy. Gallery Joe, Philadelphia. 1999 one black and white image

Drawing on Tradition (exh. cat.). Essay, "The Line Expanded," by Denise Markonish. Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, Mass. 2000

Binstock, Jonathan P. Primary Properties (exh. brochure). Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. 2001 9 images in color

From Rags to Riches: 25 Years of Paper Art from Dieu Donne Papermill (exh. cat.). Essay by Donna Stein. Dieu Donne Papermill, New York. 2001 one image in color

Mary Judge: Drawing Out. Essay, "Between the Work and the Wall," by Jonathan P. Binstock and interview with Mary Judge by Ian Berry. Publication supported in part by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, on the occasion of the exhibition Mary Judge, Sept.-Nov. 2001. 20 images in color

Linea Umbria_03 Flash Art Museum Trevi Italy Essay by Maurizio Cocci 2003
2 images in black and white


Cotter, Holland. "Selections '97." New York Times, 24 January 1997, Review of exhibition at The Drawing Center, New York.

Oisteanu, Valery. "Invitational '97." NYArts Magazine, 15 September 1997, Review of exhibition..

Stein Greben, Deidre. "Invitational '97." ARTnews (December 1997): Review of exhibition.

Johnson, Ken. "Mary Judge and Robert Kelly", New York Times, "Art Guide," 17 July 1998

Judge, Mary. "Fertility." New Observations Magazine issue #119 (Summer/Fall 1998): page 50.

Sozanski, Edward J. Philadelphia Inquirer, 23 January 1998. Review of exhibition in Philadelphia, Page 39.

Brown, Gerard. "Drawing Breath." Philadelphia Weekly, 17 March 1999.
Review of exhibition, Philadelphia.

Fallon, Roberta. "Lost in Space." Philadelphia Weekly, March 1999.
Review of exhibition at Abington Art Center, Abington, Penna.

Johnson, Ken. "Pattern." New York Times, 17 July 1999.

Cotter, Holland. "For Hikers Seeking Art, Brooklyn Is a Left Bank." New York Times, 15 December 2000.

McQuaid, Cate. "Innovative lines, flowing glass forms." Boston Globe, 11 March 2000, Review of exhibition at Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, Mass.

Zimmer, William. "The Content Isn't New, But the Processes Are." New York Times, Westchester edition, 7 February 2000.Review of exhibition at Kenise Barnes Gallery, Larchmont, N.Y.

O'Sullivan, Michael. "Double Exposure for Twin Artists." Washington Post, "Weekend," 5 October 2001, Review of exhibition at Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Sozanski, Edward J. "From Dust to Art." Philadelphia Inquirer, 28 September 2001. Review of exhibition, Philadelphia.

Ponti, Antonio Carlo. "Mary e Jack, coniugi e artisti" Corriere dell Umbria, "Spettacoli" 2 April, 2002. Review of exhibition at Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea di Perugia Italy

Concrete Laboratory Samsoe Denmark 2004
Dieu Donne Papermill Workspace Grant 1999/2000
NEA Mid Atlantic Foundation for the Arts Grant Works on Paper 1996-97
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant 1995-96
New Jersey Council on the Arts Individual Artist's Grant 199l-92


2005 Mary Judge Metaphor Contemporary Art Brooklyn NY

2004 Kentler International Drawing Center New York NY

2003 Galleria Vanna Cassati Bergamo Italy

2002 Mary Judge and Jack Sal Trebisonda Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Perugia Italy

2001 Primary Properties (with Joseph and John Dumbacher) Corcoran Gallery of Art Washington DC
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Philadelphia PA

2000 Phlat Stuff (with Robin Hill) Flipside Brooklyn NY

1997 Eich Space New York NY

1995 Fondazione Marguerite Arp Locarno Switzerland

1994 Jack Sal and Mary Judge Chiesa Di S. Carlo Spoleto Italy

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