Edelstein Barbara

Los Angeles, California, USA


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.

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


  • Leaf in the Light, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
  • Leaf in the Air, Christian Duvernois Gallery, New York, USA
  • Reflections • Nature, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
  • Line Inflections, East Bund Art Centre, Shanghai, China
  • Leaf • Branch • Shadow, Front Line Contemporary, Shanghai, China
  • Flowing Leaf • Floating Water, Elisabeth de Brabant Art Centre, Shanghai, China
  • Alternative Landscape, 140 sqm Gallery, Shanghai, China
  • Mirage Garden Part 6, South Beauty Garden, Shanghai, China (in collaboration with Zhang Jian-Jun)
  • Garden of Wishing Trees, Maiden Lane Exhibition Space, New York, USA (in collaboration with Zhang Jian-Jun)
  • Elemental Spring: Guangzhou, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
  • Elemental Spring: Shenzhen, Museum of the Shenzhen Art Institute, Shenzhen, China
  • Elemental Spring, The Room With a View Gallery, Shanghai, China
  • Sayan, Intersection for the Arts Gallery, San Francisco, USA
  • Il Segreto Nascosto Sotto i Rami, P.S.1, New York, USA
  • Cala dell’ Elefante, P.S.1, New York, USA
  • Morteratsch, P.S.1, New York, USA
  • Pantelleria, P.S.1, New York, USA
  • Romantic Notations, Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
  • Sculpture as Fountains, 3rd Street Mall, Santa Monica, USA
  • Installation/Corrugations, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, USA
2022 2021
  • 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
  • Ink Painting Experience II: Beyond Scholar Gardens, Shanghai Doland Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
  • What Exists Among Human and Water, Zendai Zhujiajiao 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
  • Extension at Sea: Installation, Concept, Image, Video, China Art Museum, Shanghai, China
  • Conversations, Platt/Borstein Gallery, American Jewish University, Los Angeles, USA
  • 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
  • 30 Years of Contemporary Shanghai Art, Sheshan Contemporary Art Centre, Shanghai, China
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sofia Paper Biennale, National Gallery of Foreign Art, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Nature and Its Modern Forms, Ming Yuan Art Centre, Shanghai, China
  • 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  
  • 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
  • 3rd Xihu International Sculpture Exhibition, Qianjiang New City, Hangzhou, China
  • Hongkou Stones, Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
  • 3rd International Art Festival, Rajamangala University, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Language/Environment, Museum of Contemporary Art Beijing, Beijing, China
  • 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
  • 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
  • A Grain of Dust A Drop of Water: 5th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea
  • Urban Sculptures for Shanghai Pudong, Urban Design Museum, Shanghai, China
  • 5=1, L.A. Artcore Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
  • Milestones for Peace, Stadtmuseum Wiesbaden, Germany
  • 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
  • 2nd Xihu International Sculpture Exhibition, Fanghe Pavilion, Gu Shan, Hangzhou, China
  • 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 
  • Venice Art Walk, Venice, Los Angeles, USA
  • Sculpture Show, Connemara Conservancy, Dallas, USA
  • Collaborations, 3rd Avenue Gallery, Brooklyn, USA
  • Global Focus, Elite Gallery, Moscow, Russia
  • 4th World Conference on Women, Beijing, China; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC; Peace Centre and Gallery, Detroit, USA
  • File No. 1: Conceptual Documents for Impossible Art, Soho Biennale, New York, USA
  • Get Back, Kohn Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
  • 93NY50Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, New York, USA
  • The Art Mall: A Social SpaceThe New Museum, New York, USA
  • 1990 Snug Harbor Sculpture FestivalSnug Harbor Cultural Centre, Staten Island, New York, USA
  • Communities: Recent Works by Los Angeles ArtistsKorean Cultural Service Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
  • Sculpture Garden: Arts Festival of Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • National and International Studio Program Exhibition, P.S.1, New York, USA    
  • The Column: Metaphor and Motif, Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
  • Showcase ’86, University Gallery, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, USA
  • Art as Theater, Tim Walker and Associates, Los Angeles, USA
  • Romantic Notations: He/She, Sculpture Garden, California State University Dominguez Hills, Carson, USA
  • Installation, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, USA  
  • Claremont at Irvine, University of California, Irvine, USA
  • Edelstein 4, Gensler and Associates, Los Angeles, USA
  • Cardboard Art, Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
  • Open Studios: Downtown Artists, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, USA
  • Mind Over Matter, Women’s Building, Los Angeles, USA
  • 10 Artists, Vision Gallery, Laguna Beach, USA
  • Fiber Sculpture, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA
  • Premonitions, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

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


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