Sculpture Magazine - July/August 2003 vol.22 No.6

Reviews: New York - Deborah Masters at Maurice Arlos Fine Art
By Jonathon Goodman

Art in Armerica - February 2003

Deborah Masters at Maurice Arlos and Smack Mellon By Lilly Wei

New York Times - September 27, 2002

'Sacred Matter’
- Karen Dolmanisth and Deborah Masters By Holland Cotter - Smack Mellon Studios

Vie Des Arts - 2001

DEBORAH MASTERS - An American in New York By Paquerette Villeneuve

The Brooklyn Papers “GO”: January 13, 2003

Thinking Big - Sculptor Deborah Masters Talks about her ‘Angel’ in the Brooklyn Public Library
By Lisa J. Curtis

Art in America - March 1992

Deborah Masters at LedisFlam By Nancy Princenthal

Village Voice - January 23, 1990

“Women in Command”

By Arlene Raven

Art in America -June 2001

Public Art in New JFK Terminal By Cathy Lebowitz

The New York Times - The Arts -Thursday, May 24, 2001

Being Met At the Airport By New Art - Big, Bold Installations For a Rebuilt Kennedy Arrivals Terminal

Art in America - ART WORLD - April, 2002


Greenline- Revelations- Artist and Activist

Brigette by Barbara Schaeffer

Philadelphia Inquirer- In Sculptor's Figures, A Mysterious Gravity

NY Times- Dith Pran- Front Page Sunday Times

The New York Times - Friday, October 4, 2002

ART GUIDE - Last Chance

Newsday -City - Thursday April 26, 2001

Missing Cloth’s No Cover-Up

By Pete Bowles

CRAIN’S New York Business - Jan. 28-Feb. 4, 2001

The Fine Art of Traveling

Daily News - Wednesday, April 25, 2001

“Artist Adds Loincloth to Jesus in JFK Mural”

By Warren Woodberry Jr.

The New York Times -The Metro Section - Wednesday, April 25, 2001

Blushing, Then Brushing, Artist Covers Nude Christ

DIE ZEIT - 4/6/2002 

Hipster auf Asbest
Nur eins stört den industriellen Charme im Szeneviertel Williamsburg: die Industrie
Thomas Fischermann

New York Times - Making ‘Dwell Time’ Fly Just a Little Faster

New $1.4 Billion Terminal at J.F.K. Aims to Ease Waits for Passengers
By Ronald Smothers

The North Brooklyn Community News-GREENLINE- January 6- Feb 27, 2003

Crossing Brooklyn: Angel in Crown Heights
Deborah Masters, April 24, 2001
Jesus' groin painted over after complaints

Above the Immigration Hall, Walking New York

Describing the theme of her narrative relief panels mounted on a 300-foot wide space above the immigration booths, sculptor Deborah Masters emphasizes the familiar, as well as the diverse in New York

Hemispheres - August 2001

Terminal Bliss
/ New York's JFK
By David Butwin

Interior Design - 9/1/2001

First Class - Skidmore, Owings & Merrill designs a new international terminal at JFK. By Edie Cohen

Los Angeles Times - Sunday, May 20, 2001

“New York’s JFK Airport Opens a New Terminal”

Brooklyn Bridge - September 1996

“Casts of Thousands”

By Bonnie Schwartz

New York Times - LedisFlam
April 1, 1988

Blue Angel:
The Decline of Sexual Stereotypes in Post-Feminist Sculpture By Michael Brenson

New York Times - LedisFlam -
March 3, 1989

Beyond Slickness: Sculptors Get Back to Basics”
By Michael Brenson

Village Voice - March 9th, 1993

LedisFlam - ‘Covert Action’
By Elizabeth Hess

Chico Enterprise Record - August 17, 1990

“Garden of Statues Grows at Chico State”


A Publication of the Art Department of California State University at Chico
“The Monoliths Have Landed”

The Daily News-Wednesday April 25, 2001

Mural Modesty - After complaint, artist adds loincloth to nude figure of Jesus - By Paul Mose

Newsday Copy- Profile- Sheila McKenna

ARTLETTER 1989-1990 Edition

“Visiting Artists & Scholars”
- Deborah Masters
California State University, Chico

Style: The Washington Post -Wednesday, September 4, 2002

Forsaken Warehouse District Is New York’s Latest Art Home
By Blake Gopnik

Gracie Mansion Gallery - Arts Magazine

“New York in Review”

By Robert Mahoney

Art in America - LedisFlam

Women at War 1993
By Ruth Bass

The New Zealand Hereld, World News - Thursday, April 26, 2001

X-rated Jesus given face-saving Y-fronts

JFK Catalogue Copy

The Brooklyn Phoenix - October 1988

‘Trails of Showing Sculpture in Park’

Chico Enterprise Record - Friday, August 17, 1990

“Three Sisters and a Rose Garden”

The Orion - January 30, 1991

Sister, Sister: Masters’ Final Sculpture Project Looks Inward”
By Courtney Rastatter

The Orion - 1991

“Sculpture’s New Location Solves Controversy”

By Lauren Dodge

PennState Harrisburg Currents -
Fall 1990

“Sculpture Garden Receives an Angel”

Eureka Standard- Jesse

New Yorker, Nancy Ramsey, Loft Tenants

Brooklyn Magazine
Brooklyn Artists, The Newest Left Bank
Amy Virshup, 1986


Village Voice, March 9th, 1993
‘Covert Action’, Elizabeth Hess

Several of the 18 artists in ‘Women at War’ were antiwar activists during the Vietnam era. It was a time when political art shed new polemical heights and on occasion went over the top.
The occasion was usually outside over one covert action or another. It’s easier to count the number of wars referred to in this exhibition than to count the number of current wars. Nevertheless, unlike the ‘60s, this moment finds no coherent political art movement; ideologically thoughtful artists are traveling in independent subgroups. There’s little consensus in the art world today but esthetics, let alone politics, which is why the ‘90s are feeling uninformed; there’d no dominant movement. This is a successful group show because it has a little of everything, surveying a small body of work that is diverse and full of conviction.
There’s nothing like war to get artists going. During the ‘70s, the war between the sexes was a popular theme among women artists. This is precisely the work today that is under critical reevaluation in light of the contemporary wave of “new” feminists. A show on war by women artists asks, quite naturally, how gender affects combat. Thanks to recent television coverage, we have no trouble imagining women warriors carefully placed in a desert landscape. But it’s not as if the Equal Rights Amendment has just been passed by the Pentagon, or anywhere else.
Mimi Smith has designed a camouflage dress with lace around the collar for the older, more subdued, career officer. It looks a little like a servant’s uniform; we can imagine this mercenary serving her enemy tea, rather than bits of shrapnel. The absent woman’s body is as thick and shapeless as a tree trunk, more like our collective grandmother than a combat soldier. (Smith hangs a small, head-size acrylic canvas with the image of a television screen over the outfit, which is really an unnecessary addition.)
Most objects in this show go back to previous wars, while several pieces including Smith’s “dress”, take on recent issues that are broader than actual events. Gunhead (1991), one of Nancy Grossman’s most impressive signature heads, comments on the fashionable obsession with violence and weapons. Covered in leather, this bald figure breathes life into his phallic weapon, which is attached to his face as if it were literally a part of his body; the mouth seems to suck on the handle like a pacifier. Deborah Masters has tow huge heads included, each wearing a helmut. It’s impossible to tell their gender, which is her point. Grossman’s head is all testosterone.
One of May Stevens’ infamous Big Daddy’s, painted in a tight realist style, stands like a sentry in the main gallery. This is the piece that takes us back to the antiwar movement, which in 1971, when this canvas was make, was synonymous with Vietnam. Big Daddy is draped in an American flag that conceals his potentially telling body; a large bulldog with layers of ripping skin lies in his lap. The dog and patriarch have the same white complexions.
Curator Lori Ledis has carefully integrated works in disparate mediums. In the smallest and most dramatic room, a life-size coffin by Joseley Carvalho, filled with photographic images from the Gulf Wart, is surrounded by work by Nancy Spero, Kathe Kollowitz, Susan Meiselas, Sue Coe, Toyen (a little known Surrealist from the ‘30s and ‘40s) and Margaret Bourke-White. This is a persuasive group, and their images work well together, making necessary links between wars around the world. Meiselas’s colorful portraits of Sandinistas, their bodies taut and their guns pointing (the cover image from her ambitious book, Nicaragua), echoes the sentiment in Nancy Spero’s Kill Commies, where figures dangle to their deaths.
Ledis makes a revealing comparison between Meiselas’s and Bourke-White’s war coverage. Meiselas is renowned for getting close to the action, often risking her own life. In Bourke-White’s Italy- Hospital Tram from Caserta to Naples, we see a candy striper, smiling as she feeds a wounded soldier a spoonful of medicine; the other boys watch, wishing they too could get a mouthful. The picture looks like a setup for Life Magazine. In the space between Bourke-White and Meiselas, we see the progress of women photographers and their access to war.
A photographic collage by Annette Lemieux combines an image of scattered bodies from Hiroshima with a bird’s-eye view of shapely women (maybe from the ‘50s) lying on a beach in their stylish suits. It’s an odd and provoking juxtaposition that questions the position of women in war, if not their passivity. A photomontage by Anita Steckel, I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas, shows Hitler dining with his cronies. (WAC sang a version last season that went: “I’m Dreaming of a Nonwhite Christmas.”)
The world wars appear largely in photographs, with the notable exception of an unknown painting by Ida Applebroog of a ledger filled with listings from a concentration camp. The painting is a dark, sickly yellow, the color perhaps of a dead flesh. It lies on the floor like a corpse. Applebroog’s divided canvas shows the name of the victim, the date of his or her demise, and the cause of death, written in German. The third column is a loathsome list of lies used to cover up the shocking truth.