Judy Fox is a ceramic sculptor working in New York . She is represented by PPOW gallery in New York, and at GalerieThaddaeus Ropac in Europe. A complete catalogue of figurative sculpture from 1990 to 2005 is available, edited by Austrian critic Barbara Wally.
As an undergraduate Ms. Fox studied sculpture at Yale and Skowhegan, then received a Masters in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. A pioneer of contemporary figuration, she started showing in the East Village in 1985, and has since participated in numerous private and public exhibitions around the US and Europe. She has guest lectured at many schools and museums.
Ms. Fox has received two NEA grants, and an award from the "Anonymous Was a Woman" foundation. She is a fellow of Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, and is a 2006 fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
1983 Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, New York, NY: M.A. Art History and Conservation
1979 Ecole Superior Des Beaux Arts, Paris, France
1978 Yale University, New Haven CT: B.A.
1976 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
1974 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
''... sculptures by the New York artist Judy Fox, who is known for her uncanny representations of life-sized nudes in iconic poses. The artist’s sculptures are hand-modeled in clay and painted in a realistic manner. Fox manipulates viewer expectations by mining our mythological group consciousness in order to evoke a sense of mystery in the familiar.
The focal piece of the exhibition Snow White and the Seven Sins centers on an unconscious young woman laid flat and surrounded by seven smaller sculptures that lean toward abstraction. New York Times Critic Roberta Smith notes, “For nearly two decades this sculptor has produced fastidiously realistic reinterpretations of mythic figures in painted terra cotta. Here she tackles Snow White, surrounding her subject’s naked Pre-Raphaelite form with richly colored, exuberantly motley, sexually explicit homage’s to the seven deadly sins. Incorporating hints of the seven dwarfs’ hoods and booties, as well as codpieces where needed, she tilts toward the terra incognita of Surrealism and even biomorphic abstraction.”
Referring to the Snow White sculpture Donald Kuspit adds, “…Her adolescent beauty is palpably alive in Judy Fox’s rendering of her exquisite body -- a truly ingenious feat of representing the unrepresentable…” and, “… is an ingenious allegory of the vicissitudes of creativity, more pointedly of the role of narcissistic and sexual fantasy in creative achievement.” Also noting, "Not since Fuseli have we seen such a brilliant rendering of the contradictions of female narcissism, torn between self-idealization and self-deprecation, beauty and perversion, as well as the creative difficulties of representing Woman…"
In addition to the main figure, Fox transforms the traditional fairytale dwarfs into voluptuous and obscene surrealistic incarnations of the seven deadly sins: pride, envy, sloth, gluttony, greed, anger, and lust.
Another sculpture in the exhibition, Laksmi, depicts a young girl holding a sinuous dance pose of the voluptuous consort of the Hindu god Vishnu.
Also on view, Krishna portrays the lone figure of a dark and sensual youth in an uncomfortable reclining pose that references the flute playing Indian god Krishna, charmer of women and philosopher of war.
Judy Fox born New Jersey 1957, lives and works in New York. As an undergraduate she studied sculpture at Yale and Skowhegan, and then received a Masters in Art History and Conservation from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU.
Roberta Smith, Judy Fox, Snow White and the Seven Sins, New York Times, November 23, 2007
Donald Kuspit, Not a Fairy Tale, Artnet 2007''