Ellen Berkenblit (born 1958 in Paterson, NJ) is an American painter who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Berkenblit’s work is defined by an otherworldly color palette, dramatic cropping, and an ever-morphing vocabulary of forms that serve as armatures for her calligraphic line. Her compositions intentionally exclude narrative attributes, allowing the viewer to focus on the emotional qualities of paint application, brushstroke, and shape.
Berkenblit's work was most recently the subject of a solo exhibition Sistergarden at Anton Kern Gallery, New York (2020). Recent group exhibitions include All Of Them Witchesorganized by Dan Nadel and Laurie Simmons, Deitch Projects, Los Angeles, CA (2020); Downtown PaintingPresented by Alex Katz, Peter Freeman, New York, NY; True Blue Mirror: Ellen Berkenblit and Sarah Braman, McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; ELECTIVE AFFINITIES, Sammlung Friedrichshof, Austria (2018); Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983, Museum of Modern Art, New York; and MCA DNA: Riot Grrrls at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (all 2017). The artist is represented by Anton Kern Gallery, New York; Vielmetter, Los Angeles; Corbett vs Dempsey, Chicago; and Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels.