Sharon Butler blogs about Judy Glantzman's new work, on view at Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York, through May 11, 2013.
Butler writes that: "After seeing Pablo Picasso's Guernica for the first time three years ago, Judy Glantzman began moving away from the introspective self-portraits she had been making for many years toward a less self-engaged exploration of war and its societal impact. Determined that she was done with psychological self examination, Glantzman set out to develop a new outward-looking visual language."
In her artist statement on the gallery website, Glantzman, writes: "All of my work is like a flashlight on the dark underbelly that exists under the surface of polite society. The United States is engaged in wars without any impact on our daily life. My work always had the macabre, and I wanted to marinate in my natural impulse, no holds barred. I felt that I understood the language of the psychological self-portrait and I wanted to try to invent a new language for myself."