Judith Bernstein is an artist based in New York.
What artworks would you have/do you have in your drawing room?
My work, of course! Fuck Vietnam (1966), Horizontal—my penis screw hybrids (1969), Signature (1986), Birth of the Universe (2010), my Anti-Trump series Cabinet of Horrors and Money Shot (2017-2018) and my most recent enormous florescent paintings Death Universe and Blue Balls (2018-2019). When you’ve entered my drawing room, you’ve entered my history and subconscious!
What books would you read/are you reading in your drawing room?
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
The Periodic Table by Promo Levi
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Bell Jar by Silvia Plath
Metamorphosis by Kafka
Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
I read the New York Times everyday. I LOVE Astronomy Magazine, the New Yorker and Art in America, Artforum and ArtNews.
And to be honest, I also LOVE mysteries!
What movies would you watch/are you watching in your drawing room?
I watch A LOT of movies!!
I LOVE the classics and old Hollywood STARS!
Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Roman Holiday, Sabrina and Love in the Afternoon; Lawrence Oliver in Hamlet, Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice and Rebecca; Marilyn Monroe in Some Like it Hot and Gentleman Prefer Blondes; Humphrey Bogart in the Maltese Falcon and Casablanca, Katherine Hepburn in Philadelphia Story and Little Women; Now, Voyager, with Bette Davis; Sophia Loren in Two Women; William Powell in The Thin Man and The Thin Man sequels and Margaret Rutherford in Murder, She Said and her other Miss Marple films.
HITCHCOCK’S North by Northwest, Charade, Notorious, To Catch a Thief, The Lady Vanishes, Vertigo, Rear Window, Spellbound, The Man who Knew Too Much, The 39 Steps.
FELLINI’S La Strada, 8 1/2, La Dolce Vita, Nights of Cabiria, Juliet of the Spirits, and Roma.
DAVID LEAN’S Lawrence of Arabia, Bridge on the River Kwai, and Dr. Zhivago.
COEN BROTHER’S Fargo, O’Brother, Where art thou?, and A Serious Man.
KRYSZTOF KIESLOWSKI’S Trois Couleurs trilogy.
LENI RIEFENSTAHL’S The Triumph of the Will, Olympia and The Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl.
The original Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein, King Kong and Son of Kong, The Big Clock, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Cabaret, All About Eve, Sunset Boulevard, The Ghost in Mrs. Miniver, To Kill a Mockingbird, Birdman of Alcatraz, Judgement at Nuremberg, Blithe Spirit, Brief Encounter, Gone with the Wind, The Third Man…
There are SOOOOOOOO many more I have left out! .
What music would you listen to/are you listening to in your drawing room?
I also LOVE Little Richard, Elvis, Bille Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Monk, Mingus, Coltrane, Norah Jones, WNYC-FM, and audio books on Shakespeare and the Universe.
Who would you/do you invite into your drawing room?
Artists, Writers, Curators, Friends!
People who want to visit the room in my head!