Joy Garnett is a painter who lives and works in New York. She received her BA in Humanities and Middle East Studies from McGill University, studied painting at L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts Paris, and completed her MFA in painting at The City College of New York. Joy’s paintings have been shown at the Milwaukee Art Museum, MoMA-PS1, Whitney Museum of American Art, Boston University Art Gallery, National Academy of Sciences, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Museum of Contemporary Craft Portland, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Newcastle upon Tyne (UK), and the Witte Zaal, Ghent (Belgium). She has received grants from Anonymous Was a Woman and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and commissions from The Wellcome Trust (UK) and The Chipstone Foundation, Milwaukee. Her works are in the permanent collections of the National Academy of Sciences (Washington DC), Altria, and The West Collection (Oaks, PA). Her most recent solo exhibitions were held at Slag Gallery in Brooklyn, NY (2016) and at Platform Gallery, Seattle, WA (2014-15). Lucy Lippard , Christopher Phillips, Benjamin Godsill, and Tim Griffin, among others, have written about her work.
Joy served as the Arts Editor for Cultural Politics (2005-2016), a peer-reviewed cultural theory journal published by Duke University Press. She has written for Harper’s, The Dramatist, Ping Pong, M/E/A/N/I/N/G, Journal of Visual Culture, and Artnet Magazine. She writes the irregular column “Copy That!” for Art21 Magazine and works for the arts advocacy program at the National Coalition Against Censorship.
She has been working on a book about her late grandfather, A.Z. Abushâdy (1892-1955), an influential Egyptian poet and beekeeper. For information about her book and related projects, please visit The Bee Kingdom.