Linda Stein (artist)
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Stein was born in The Bronx to a working-class family. She attended the School of Visual Arts and Queens College, where she earned a B.A. and, while working as an art teacher, an M.A. at the Pratt Institute.
Her career began with a calligraphy service in New York. The business used the art gentrification of TriBeCa. In the 1990s, Stein made a sculpture series, "Blades," fusing machetes with wood, rope, and other materials. These were exhibited at the Monmouth County Arts Center, the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Farleigh Dickinson University, SoHo 20, and the Jamaica Arts Center, among other venues.
Stein is a member of the Veteran Feminists of America. In 2005, the British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen fooled her into an interview with his character Borat (telling her he was a journalist for Belarus Television making a documentary about the United States), which was included in his 2006 film Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. In the interview, Stein responded seriously and angrily to Cohen's character's ludicrously sexist attitudes on women, and finally stormed off the interview set.
After 9/11 attacks, which occurred while Stein was working in her TriBeCa studio, she was unable to make art for a year. When she returned to her studio, her new sculptures were figurative and embodied protective qualities. The Knights series was begun in 2002. The earliest were shield-like forms made of mixed media that hung on the wall. In 2009, Stein attached shoulder pieces allowing the sculptures to be worn like armor. She videotaped visitors who wore the armor in her studio and reflected on how the experience influenced their sense of gender identity.
Stein made free-standing torsos covered in scavenged leather and mixed media that were intentionally difficult to identify as masculine or feminine. This series has been touring museums and universities from 2010 to 2017 under the title "The Fluidity of Gender." Recent work incorporates dried beans and grains, shells, and other natural materials to reflect the artist's environmentalism in a series called I Am the Environment. She is also working on a series of five foot square tapestries including leather, metal and fiber called Holocaust Heroes: Fierce Females.
Selected solo exhibitions
|Exhibition title||Gallery name||City, State|
|2016 THE FLUIDITY OF GENDER: SCULPTURE BY LINDA STEIN||Holter Museum of Art||Helena, MT (scheduled)|
|2015 THE FLUIDITY OF GENDER: SCULPTURE BY LINDA STEIN||Noyes Museum of Art||Oceanville, NJ (scheduled)|
|2015 THE FLUIDITY OF GENDER: SCULPTURE BY LINDA STEIN||Freyberger Gallery, Penn State Berks||Reading, PA (scheduled)|
|2014 THE FLUIDITY OF GENDER: SCULPTURE BY LINDA STEIN||Hub-Robeson Galleries, Pennsylvania State University||University Park, PA (scheduled)|
|2014 THE FLUIDITY OF GENDER: SCULPTURE BY LINDA STEIN||Andrews Art Museum||Andrews, NC|
|2014 THE FLUIDITY OF GENDER: SCULPTURE BY LINDA STEIN||Bryan Gallery, Coastal Carolina University||Conway, SC|
|2013 THE FLUIDITY OF GENDER: SCULPTURE BY LINDA STEIN||Perrella Gallery, Fulton Montgomery Community College||Johnstown, NY|
|2013 THE FLUIDITY OF GENDER: SCULPTURE BY LINDA STEIN||Fine Arts Gallery, St. Edward's University||Austin, TX|
|2013 THE FLUIDITY OF GENDER: SCULPTURE BY LINDA STEIN||Bogigian Art Gallery, Wilson College||Chambersburg, PA|
|2013 THE FLUIDITY OF GENDER: SCULPTURE BY LINDA STEIN||Robert Graves Gallery, Wenatchee Valley College||Wenatchee, WA|
|2012 LINDA STEIN||United States Institute of Peace||Washington DC|
|2012 THE FLUIDITY OF GENDER: SCULPTURE BY LINDA STEIN||Alexandria Museum Of Art||Alexandria, LA|
|2012 THE FLUIDITY OF GENDER: SCULPTURE BY LINDA STEIN||Spiva Art Center||Joplin MO|
|2012 THE FLUIDITY OF GENDER: SCULPTURE BY LINDA STEIN||Flomenhaft Gallery||New York, NY|
|2012 THE FLUIDITY OF GENDER: SCULPTURE BY LINDA STEIN||Ford Gallery, Eastern Michigan University||Ypsilanti, MI|
|2012 THE FLUIDITY OF GENDER: SCULPTURE BY LINDA STEIN||Burnell R. Roberts Triangle Gallery, Sinclair Community College||Dayton, OH|
|2011 THE FLUIDITY OF GENDER: SCULPTURE BY LINDA STEIN||Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg College||Allentown, PA|
|2011 THE FLUIDITY OF GENDER: SCULPTURE BY LINDA STEIN||GCSU Museum, Georgia College & State University||Milledgeville, GA|
|2011 THE FLUIDITY OF GENDER: SCULPTURE BY LINDA STEIN||Slocumb Galleries, East Tennessee State University||Johnson City, TN|
|2011 THE FLUIDITY OF GENDER: SCULPTURE BY LINDA STEIN||Sarratt Gallery, Vanderbilt University||Nashville, TN|
|2011 THE FLUIDITY OF GENDER: SCULPTURE BY LINDA STEIN||Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Gallery, Georgetown College||Georgetown, KY|
|2010 THE FLUIDITY OF GENDER: SCULPTURE BY LINDA STEIN||Neil Britton Art Gallery, Virginia Wesleyan College||Norfolk, VA|
|2010 THE FLUIDITY OF GENDER: SCULPTURE BY LINDA STEIN||P.E.O. Foundation Art Gallery, Cottey College||Nevada, MO|
|2010 THE FLUIDITY OF GENDER: SCULPTURE BY LINDA STEIN||Peter Paul Luce Gallery, Cornell College||Mount Vernon, IA|
|2009 LINDA STEIN||Flomenhaft Gallery||Chelsea, NY|
|2009 LINDA STEIN SCULPTURE - STRONG SUIT: ARMOR AS SECOND SKIN||National Association of Women Artists||Manhattan, NY|
|2007 LINDA STEIN - THE POWER TO PROTECT: SCULPTURE OF LINDA STEIN||Nathan D. Rosen Museum||Boca Raton, FL|
|2007 LINDA STEIN - WOMEN WARRIORS: THE YIN AND YANG||Flomenhaft Gallery||New York, New York|
|2007 LINDA STEIN - SCULPTURE OF THE HEROIC WOMAN||Anita Shapolsky Gallery||Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania|
|2007 LINDA STEIN - WONDER WOMAN REBORN||The Art Mission Gallery||Binghamton, New York|
|2007 LINDA STEIN - HEROIC VISIONS||Longstreth Goldberg Art||Naples, Florida|
|2006 LINDA STEIN - KNIGHTS, SOFA||Longstreth Goldberg Art||Chicago, IL|
|2006 LINDA STEIN - KNIGHTS||Flomenhaft Gallery||New York|
|2006 LINDA STEIN - HEROIC VISIONS||Longstreth Goldberg Art||Naples, Florida|
|2006 LINDA STEIN - WONDER WOMAN REBORN AS LINDA STEIN||The Art Mission Gallery||Binghamton, New York|
|2006 LINDA STEIN - SCULPTURE OF THE HEROIC WOMAN||Anita Shapolsky Gallery, Jim Thorpe||Pennsylvania|
|2005 LINDA STEIN - "(K)NIGHT WATCH,"||New York University, Broadway Windows||New York|
|2004 LINDA STEIN - THE FACE: AN OBSESSION OF ANGER (three decades)||Morgan Gallery||Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts|
|2002 LINDA STEIN EMBEDDED GLYPHS||The Art Club||New York|
|1998 LINDA STEIN SOUNDING BLADES||Spiva Art Museum||Joplin, Missouri|
|1996 MUSICAL BLADES||Cortland Jessup Gallery||Provincetown, Massachusetts|
|1994 LINDA STEIN BLADES||Jamaica Arts Center||Queens, New York|
|1991 BLADES: TRANSCENDING AGGRESSION||Monmouth County Arts Center||Monmouth, New Jersey|
|1991 BLADES: REVERSING VIOLENCE||Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, Window on Broad||The University of the Arts, Philadelphia|
|1991 BLADES: A PSYCHOLOGICAL ENVIRONMENT||Fairleigh Dickenson University, Edward Williams Gallery||Hackensack, New Jersey|
|1991 BLADES IN NEW YORK: A MULTI-MEDIA ENVIRONMENT||Soho 20||New York, New York|
|1989 STEIN ENVIRONMENTAL EXCAVATION||Becton Hall Gallery||Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey|
|1989 STEIN EXCAVATION, Presented by mayor-Elect David Dinkins||Gallery of Manhattan Borough||President, New York|
|1988 CHAIRS AND OTHER CONSTRUCTIONS||Borough of Manhattan Community College||New York|
|1977 PROFILE||Gallery Camino Real||Boca Raton, Florida|
|1975 CONSTRUCTIONS||Gallery North||Scarsdale, New York|
|1974 STEIN: NEW WORK||PAF Gallery of Fine Art||New York|
- Bible, Ann Vollman (2010). "Ruptures of Vulnerability: Linda Stein's Knight Series". Journal of Lesbian Studies 14 (2-3): 154–73.
- Matlock, Jann (Fall 2007). "Vestiges of New Battles: Linda Stein's Sculpture after 9/11". Feminist Studies 33 (3): 569–90.
- Hobbs Thompson, Margo (October 2011). "Linda Stein's "Fluidity of Gender"". Sex Roles. 7-8 65: 647–50.
- http://www.lindastein.com/ Linda Stein Home Page