Artist’s Project: Joyce Pensato


This acclaimed artist's dynamic working process, particularly as it relates to a new series of her collages, is documented during a visit to her Brooklyn studio.

Joyce Pensato (1941–2019) was a Brooklyn-based painter best known for her dynamic, large-scale paintings utilizing well-known characters from cartoons and popular culture. She exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions worldwide; her work is in the collections of the Centre Pompidou; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and the St. Louis Museum of Art, among many other institutions. She received numerous honors, including the Robert De Niro, Sr. Prize in 2013, the Award of Merit Medal for Painting from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2012, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996. Pensato studied at the New York Studio School.