Judy Linn,  kiss, 2000  2017-2018, archival pigment print, 20.5 x 28 inches. Edition 1/3

Judy Linn, kiss, 2000
2017-2018, archival pigment print, 20.5 x 28 inches. Edition 1/3

Judy Linn: LUNCH
Curated by Arlene Shechet
April 12 - May 19, 2018

Opening reception: Thursday, April 12, 6-8PM
Judy Linn and Arlene Shechet in Conversation: Saturday, May 5, 4.30pm


CUE Art Foundation is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Judy Linn, curated by Arlene Shechet. Titled LUNCH, the exhibition features a selection of photographs taken over the past 45 years.

Linn’s subjects are objects and scenes of the everyday—an apartment complex, a woman’s hair, the back of a truck—yet not as we experience them. In the space of Linn’s photographs, time is flattened, light and matter are made indistinguishable. The hierarchies of the visual world are disrupted—shadows, reflections, and images within the photographs hold equal materiality with the tangible. Shechet notes, “[Linn’s] universe is alive with outstanding things; ordinary stuff and the light and space and color in, around and between the everyday.”

In LUNCH, Linn presents the ordinary and familiar as the other, revealing to her viewer the inherent unknowability of the world and the fallibility of human vocabulary in describing it. Of her work, she writes, “I am trying to shed the words in my head and openly respond to a visual world.”

Judy Linn, dendur, 2001
2017-2018, archival pigment print, 21 x16 inches. Edition 1/3

Judy Linn was born in Detroit, Michigan and received a BFA from Pratt Institute in 1969. She has had portfolios published in Artforum and BOMB magazine, and a book of her portraits of Patti Smith, Patti Smith 1969 – 1976: Photographs by Judy Linn, was published by Abram Image in 2011. Linn’s photographs are included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Detroit Art Institute, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Getty Collection, among others. She has received an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and grants from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Anonymous Was A Woman, and the Peter S. Reed Foundation. Linn currently lives in New York and teaches at Vassar College. 

Arlene Shechet is a multi-disciplinary sculptor living and working in New York City and the Hudson Valley. In 2015, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston exhibited, All At Once, a twenty-year survey of the artist’s work. Historical museum installations include Porcelain, No Simple Matter: Arlene Shechet and the Arnhold Collection at The Frick Collection, NYC, May 2016 – April 2017; and From Here On Now at The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., Oct 2016 – May 2017. An ambitious public sculpture project will open at Madison Square Park, NYC, September 2018.   

Shechet was featured in Art21’s “Art in the Twenty-First Century,” and The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “The Artist Project.” Her numerous awards include the 2016 CAA Artist Award for a Distinguished Body of Work, a John S. Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship Award (2004), and a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant (2010). Her work is included in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Walker Art Center; The National Gallery of Art; the Jewish Museum; and the Brooklyn Museum. 

The exhibition is accompanied by a 32-page color catalogue, with texts by Judy Linn, Arlene Shechet, and Alexandra Nicolaides. The catalogue is available online and free of charge to gallery visitors. For more information please contact Programs Director Shona Masarin-Hurst at shona@cueartfoundation.org.

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Catalogue essay: The World in a Photograph by Alexandra Nicolaides


Nancy Shaver’s pick for “The Artist’s Artists,” Artforum, December 1, 2018.

Brian Sholis, "Judy Linn at CUE Art Foundation" Artforum, Critics' Picks, May 4, 2018. 

"Judy Linn" The New Yorker, Goings on About Town, May 2018.

John Yau, "Judy Linn's Rigorous Geometry." Hyperallergic, May 19, 2018.