Linda Stein Sculpture--Strong Suit: Armor as Second Skin

May 13, 2009 - Jun 19, 2009

National Association of Women Artists

80 Fifth Avenue at 14th Street
Suite 1405
New York, NY 10011

Phone Number: 212-964-6007
Contact: Linda Stein

WANNA FIGHT? Well, not so fast. Linda Stein's armored Knights, albeit powerful and empowering, are meant as defensive bodyguards, not bullies and oppressors. The concept of Protection has permeated Linda Stein's sculpture for the last three decades, culminating in Knights, her sculptural series of body-as-armor. In her art, Stein references icons from spiritual and pop culture, especially the superhero, Wonder Woman from World War II comics, who excites Stein as the defending warrior who never killed in her pursuit of justice. Scrambling expectations of gender and strength, Stein's sculptures take on a commanding presence as they blend everyday materials and word fragments into larger-thanlife torsos of wood, metal, stone, and with comic book variations on archival, acrylicized paper. These sculptures, either hung from the wall, free-standing, or wearable as the latest fashion statement, become heroic role models for our present time in history, when people are searching for security through peace and equality. Knights, at the center of the artist's traveling exhibition The Power to Protect: Sculpture of Linda Stein, was exhibited in 2006 both at Flomenhaft Gallery in Chelsea, NY* and at Longstreth Goldberg Art in Naples FL. A Stein retrospective was shown in 2007 at the Rosen Museum in Boca Raton, FL and an exhibition of her work was mounted in 2007 at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Upcoming at Flomenhaft, Stein will be showing with Gallery Artists, May 7-June 20 and then again in a two person exhibit September 10-October 24, 2009. Public Art Commissions awarded to Stein include three outdoor, largerthan- life, bronze sculptures for the $4 million Walkway at Portland State University, OR, the outdoor sculpture at the entrance to the East Hampton Airport on Long Island, NY, as well as many private commissions. A seven-foot outdoor bronze Knight by Stein has been included in the Adelphi University 2008-2010 Biennial. Stein has appeared on more than twenty TV programs and in numerous radio and print media, including CNN, CBS, ABC Nightline and World News, NY Post, Donny Deutsch Show, LA Times, Paula Zahn, Canada TV, Rolling Stone Magazine, Us Weekly, Slate, Newsweek Magazine, Germany's Stern Magazine, London Times, The Guardian, Us Magazine, BBC News, even Globus Magazine in Croatia, and many more. Stein's videos are on YouTube and her papers are currently housed and accessible in the archives of The Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts: visit.html. Also, Stein will be in Flomenhaft Gallery's Group Exhibit May 7 - June 20, 2009 and then in a two-person exhibit September 10 - October 24, 2009. *48-page full color catalog with essay by Joan Marter available at **Since 2007, Stein has been experimenting with and filming volunteers while wearing her sculpture. In the course of moving around, either with or without mirror to see themselves, many can experience these adopted bodies as their own. In 2008 scientists had similar results and presented evidence that the brain can be tricked by optical and sensory illusions. National Association of Women Artists 80 Fifth Avenue at 14th Street, Suite 1405 NY 10011. Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-5pm ON MAY 20, 12-3 PM, LINDA STEIN WILL BE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE N.A.W.A. 120TH ANNIVERSARY LUNCHEON AT THE NATIONAL ARTS CLUB, 15 GRAMERCY PARK. FOR TICKETS: SGH35MM@COMCAST.NET Founded in 1889, N.A.W.A. is the oldest professional women's fine arts organization in the United States. e-mail: web: PRESS RELEASE LINDA STEIN SCULPTURE-- STRONG SUIT: ARMOR AS SECOND SKIN Curated b May 13-June 19, 2009 Reception: May 20, 4-7 pm y Eleanor Flomenhaft For more information or to request high resolution images, contact Flomenhaft Gallery at 212.268.4952; or email The artist's website is

Event Type: Exhibition