Barbara Edelstein

Los Angeles, California, USA

Introduction

Barbara Edelstein received her MFA in Arts and Sculpture from Claremont Graduate University, California, USA and currently serves as a Professor of Art at NYU Shanghai. She is a former recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency, two Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants, and MacDowell Colony and Djerassi Residencies. Edelstein has several large-scale permanent public artworks in the United States, Europe, and China, including sculptures for the Shanghai Jing’An International Sculpture Park and the Hangzhou Municipal Government. Her work has appeared in ARTnews, Art in America, Art Contemporary China, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as many other international art publications. Selected permanent collections include National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC, USA; Azerbaijan Museum, Baku, Azerbijan; Museum Kolei Waskotorowej, Wenecja, Poland; Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou; Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China.

 


BIOGRAPHY

Born in Los Angeles, California, USA

1977 BA, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA, in Fine Arts and Biology

1984 MFA, Claremont Graduate University, California, USA, in Sculpture

2013-Present Professor of Art, New York University Shanghai Campus, Shanghai, China

Present Lives and works in New York and Shanghai

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016 Leaf in the Light, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

2015 Leaf in the Air, Christian Duvernois Gallery, New York, USA

2014 Reflections • Nature, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

2012 Line Inflections, East Bund Art Centre, Shanghai, China

Leaf • Branch • Shadow, Front Line Contemporary, Shanghai, China

2010 Flowing Leaf • Floating Water, Elisabeth de Brabant Art Centre, Shanghai, China

2007 Alternative Landscape, 140 sqm Gallery, Shanghai, China

Mirage Garden Part 6, South Beauty Garden, Shanghai, China (in collaboration with Zhang Jian-Jun)

2005 Garden of Wishing Trees, Maiden Lane Exhibition Space, New York, USA (in collaboration with Zhang Jian-Jun)

2002 Elemental Spring: Guangzhou, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

Elemental Spring: Shenzhen, Museum of the Shenzhen Art Institute, Shenzhen, China 

2000 Elemental Spring, The Room With a View Gallery, Shanghai, China

1989 Sayan, Intersection for the Arts Gallery, San Francisco, USA

1988 Il Segreto Nascosto Sotto i Rami, P.S.1, New York, USA

1987 Cala dell’ Elefante, P.S.1, New York, USA

Morteratsch, P.S.1, New York, USA

Pantelleria, P.S.1, New York, USA

1985 Romantic Notations, Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

Sculpture as Fountains, 3rd Street Mall, Santa Monica, USA

1984 Installation/Corrugations, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, USA

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020 Ineffable Garden: Joint Exhibition of Zhang Jian-Jun and Barbara Edelstein, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong

2019 Intertextuality, 2019 Zhangjiagang Biennale of Contemporary Ink Art, Zhangjiagang Art Gallery, Zhangjiagang, China

Intangible Visible, Rainbow Art Centre, Shanghai, China

Forest Bathing, The Loft at Liz’s Art Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

2018 Ink Painting Experience II: Beyond Scholar Gardens, Shanghai Doland Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China

What Exists Among Human and Water, Zhenda Zhu Jiajiao Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Dialog, Zhu Qizhan Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Water+Ink: From New Shanghai School to Contemporary, Baoshan International Folk Arts Exposition, Shanghai, China

Romantic Abstraction of Shanghai, SPSI Art Museum, Shanghai, China

2017 Extension at Sea: Installation, Concept, Image, Video, China Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Conversations, Platt/Borstein Gallery, American Jewish University, Los Angeles, USA

2016 Under Heaven: Contemporary Art from China in the Ahmanson Collection, Ahmanson Gallery, Irvine, USA

Wu-U Speech: Artists Living in Shanghai, China Art Museum, Shanghai, China

2015 30 Years of Contemporary Shanghai Art, Sheshan Contemporary Art Centre, Shanghai, China

2014 Pursuing Dreams: Shanghai Sculpture, Shanghai Sculpture Space, Shanghai, China

2nd Xinjiang International Art Biennale 2014, The Ministry of Culture, Xinjiang International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Urumqi, Xinjiang, China

2013 Dialogue with Ming Dynasty Artists: Contemporary Artists’ Attitudes Towards Chinese Tradition, Zhu Qizhan        Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Wind Dream Part 3, 10th Shanghai International Science and Art Exhibition, Shanghai Exhibition Centre, Shanghai, China

2012 A New Spirit in Ink: An Exhibition of Cutting-Edge Ink Art, Zendai Contemporary Art Space, Shanghai; Art Museum of Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, Tianjin, China

City Text: International Contemporary Art Exhibition of Ten Artists, East China Normal University Gallery, Shanghai, China

Culture Shanghai: A Return Oriented Towards the Future, Shanghai Sculpture Space, Shanghai, China

Undoing Shuimo: Contemporary Shuimo Exhibition, Shanghai Doland Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China

Water/Ink Biennale, Dafen Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

Leaves, 55/5 Space, New York, USA

2011 Sofia Paper Biennale, National Gallery of Foreign Art, Sofia, Bulgaria

Nature and Its Modern Forms, Ming Yuan Art Centre, Shanghai, China

2010 Sea Level, Shanghai Artists’ Association, Shanghai Painting & Sculpture Institute Museum, Shanghai, China

City Fantasy, Jing’an International Sculpture Project, Sculpture Park, Shanghai, China

Inaugural Exhibition: 1933 Art Pavilion, Elisabeth de Brabant Art Centre, Shanghai, China

Stories, Ming Yuan Art Centre, Shanghai, China  

2009 Miniature Artists’ Books, 4th International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Museum Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan

Ink Society, Sunshine International Museum, Song Zhuang, Beijing, China

In-Situ: A Dialog with Space and Time, River South Art Centre, Shanghai, China

Contemporary Ink Painting 2009: Shanghai New Ink Painting Art Exhibition, Shanghai Doland Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China

A Starting Point: Dynamics of Change and Growth, Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China

2008 3rd Xihu International Sculpture Exhibition, Qianjiang New City, Hangzhou, China

Hongkou Stones, Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China

2007 3rd International Art Festival, Rajamangala University, Bangkok, Thailand

Language/Environment, Museum of Contemporary Art Beijing, Beijing, China

2006 Entry Gate: Chinese Aesthetics of Heterogeneity, 1st Envisage, Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai,              Shanghai, China

Close to Home, Environmental Art Project, Brooklyn, New York, USA

2005 100 Years of Chinese Sculpture, Shanghai Sculpture Centre, Shanghai, China

1st International Sculpture Biennale, Xu Jia Hui Park, Shanghai, China

Poles Apart Poles Together: 51st Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

2004 A Grain of Dust A Drop of Water: 5th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea

Urban Sculptures for Shanghai Pudong, Urban Design Museum, Shanghai, China

2003 5=1, L.A. Artcore Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

Milestones for Peace, Stadtmuseum Wiesbaden, Germany

2001-02 Moving Away, Frauen Museum, Bonn; Kommunale Galerie, Berlin; Speicherstadt Galerie, Hamburg, Germany

Markers, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy; Givatayim Theatre, Tel Aviv, Israel; Angel Orensanz Centre, New York, USA; EAM Gallery, Kassel, Germany

2001 2nd Xihu International Sculpture Exhibition, Fanghe Pavilion, Gu Shan, Hangzhou, China

2000 Construction in Process۰This Earth is a Flower: 7th Poland Biennale, International Artists’ Museum, Lodz, Poland

Cow Parade New York: Public Art Project, Manhattan, New York, USA

Milestones for Peace: Jerusalem Art Festival, Jerusalem, Israel 

1998 Venice Art Walk, Venice, Los Angeles, USA

1997 Sculpture Show, Connemara Conservancy, Dallas, USA

Collaborations, 3rd Avenue Gallery, Brooklyn, USA

1995-97 Global Focus, Elite Gallery, Moscow, Russia; 4th World Conference on Women, Beijing, China; National    Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC; Peace Centre Gallery, Detroit, USA

1995 File No. 1: Conceptual Documents for Impossible Art, Soho Biennale, New York, USA

1994 Get Back, Kohn Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

1993 93NY50, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, New York, USA

1992 The Art Mall: A Social Space, The New Museum, New York, USA

1990 1990 Snug Harbor Sculpture Festival, Snug Harbor Cultural Centre, Staten Island, New York, USA

1989 Communities: Recent Works by Los Angeles Artists, Korean Cultural Service Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

1987 Sculpture Garden: Arts Festival of Atlanta, Georgia, USA

1986-88 National and International Studio Program Exhibition, P.S.1, New York, USA      

1986 The Column: Metaphor and Motif, Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA

Showcase ’86, University Gallery, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, USA

1985 Art as Theater, Tim Walker and Associates, Los Angeles, USA

Romantic Notations: He/She, Sculpture Garden, California State University Dominguez Hills, Carson, USA

1983 Installation, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, USA  

Claremont at Irvine, University of California, Irvine, USA

1982 Edelstein 4, Gensler and Associates, Los Angeles, USA

1980 Cardboard Art, Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

1979-81 Open Studios: Downtown Artists, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, USA

1979 Mind Over Matter, Women’s Building, Los Angeles, USA

1978 10 Artists, Vision Gallery, Laguna Beach, USA

1977 Fiber Sculpture, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

1975 Premonitions, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

 

SELECTED AWARDS

1997 Fellowship, The Connemara Conservancy, Dallas, USA

1996 Fellowship, The Djerassi Foundation, California, USA

1994 The Gustavo Nicolich Fellowship, The Djerassi Foundation, California, USA

1991 Grant, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, USA

Fellowship, The Rockefeller Foundation, Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio, Italy

Fellowship, The MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire, USA

1990 Grant, The Kittredge Fund, Maine, USA

1988 Grant, Art Matters Inc, New York, USA

1987-89 Grant, Artists Space, New York, USA

1987 Grant, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, USA

1986-87 Studio Artist, P.S.1, New York, USA

1985 Grant Sculpture as Fountains, Foundation for Art Resources, Los Angeles, USA

1984 Grant, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, USA

1979 Grant,Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, California, USA

 

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC, USA

Ahmanson Foundation Collection, California, USA

The Djerassi Foundation, California, USA

Dow Jones Company, New Jersey, USA

The Connemara Conservancy, Texas, USA

The Small-Gauge Railroad Museum, Wenecja, Poland

Azerbaijan Museum, Baku, Azerbaijan

Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Jing An International Sculpture Park, Shanghai, China

Shanghai Municipal Government, Jing’an District, Shanghai, China

Hangzhou Municipal Administration, Hangzhou, China

Intercontinental Hotel, Hefei, Anhui, China

Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

 

 

 
Reflections • Nature Series: Lotus
2018 | 170x308cm | Chinese ink and photographs on water colour paper
Reflections • Nature Series
2019 | 76x56cm | Chinese ink on water colour paper
Reflections • Nature Series
2019 | 76x56cm | Chinese ink on water colour paper
Reflections • Nature Series
2019 | 76x56cm | Chinese ink on water colour paper
Reflections • Nature Series
2019 | 76x56cm | Chinese ink on water colour paper
Reflections • Nature Series
2019 | 76x56cm | Chinese ink on water colour paper
Reflections • Nature Series
2020 | 76x56cm | Chinese ink on water colour paper
Reflections • Nature Series
2020 | 76x56cm | Chinese ink on water colour paper
Reflections • Nature Series
2020 | 76x56cm | Chinese ink on water colour paper
Reflections • Nature Series
2020 | 76x56cm | Chinese ink on water colour paper
Reflections • Nature Series
2013 | 76x56cm Edition: 2/5 | Photograph on water colour paper
Reflections • Nature Series
2013 | 76x56cm Edition: 2/5 | Photograph on water colour paper
Reflections • Nature Series
2015 | 76x56cm Edition: 1/5 | Photograph on water colour paper
Reflections • Nature Series
2015 | 76x56cm Edition: 1/5 | Photograph on water colour paper
Reflections • Nature Series
2013 | 76x56cm Edition: 2/5 | Photograph on water colour paper
With Breeze: Shadows
2012 | 58’ 56” | Video
Leaf in the Light #1
2016 | 79x51.5x23.5cm (including base) Edition: 2/2 | Silicone rubber & stainless steel
Leaf in the Light #2
2016 | 84x53x25cm (including base) Edition: 2/2 | Silicone rubber & stainless steel
Leaf in the Light #3
2016 | 121x23x18cm (including base) Edition: 2/2 | Silicone rubber & stainless steel