Her canvases have re-energized and transformed our understanding of the city's rugged industrial landscape. Painted in warm, bold lines, and with a sensuous attention to geometric form, Bascove's canvases re-imagine the city as a voluptuous siren. And by imbuing the city's muscular limbs with such feminine grace, Bascove has managed to out-Georgia O'Keeffe Georgia O'Keeffe. No easy task.
- Richard Haw, ART OF THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE:
A Visual History
To The City's Bridges, Billets Doux
- THE NEW YORK TIMES
High-colored descriptions of complex geometric structures... like Joseph Stella on an acid trip.
- ART IN AMERICA on Bascove's Bridges
To depict the intentionality of the soul... that's the hardest challenge of the visual arts...
One of those artists who try to depict the essence of the city, the life of the city...
- Jim Yood, CHICAGO PUBLIC RADIO
Bascove brings passionate geometry to her paintings of the various bridges, evoking the exhilarating, fearsome beauty of these 'iron rainbows.'
- THE WASHINGTON POST
Moody paintings that seem of another time and place... quiet in a very mysterious way. each one is a story; there is a mystery here.
- Faith Middleton, CONNECTICUT PUBLIC RADIO
What has Bascove seen when she has looked at bridges? What has she taken from them, and what added to them? She is a painter for whom geometry is a love story; she understands always that the bodiless perfection of pure form is always a product of a living body, defying, with its every breath, the line's immunity to time.... She is a woman looking at bridges, which have always been the dreamwork and workplace of men. She has staked her claim to a vision no one told her she was born to, and yet of course she was born to it. The controlled wildness, the combination of menace and safety that have always marked her work find a perfect subject in bridges, whose inspiration in nature, but which defy nature; enablers of travel that appear to be still and yet tremble and sigh, shudder with the secret, terrifying force of all great lovers.
- Mary Gordon, INTRODUCTION TO STONE AND STEEL
Bascove's paintings are lush, opulent, feminine, and warm, full of voluptuous curves and waving lines... She has painted the Brooklyn, Manhattan, George Washington, Bronx-Whitestone, Triborough, and other New York bridges, not only because bridges represent linkage and transition but because they're there and they're gorgeous.
- David Lehman
Perhaps the greatest mystery and at the same time the joy and fun of this chimerical artist's oeuvre is her ability on the one hand to analyze her subjects almost to abstraction and, on the other, to add suggestive and elusive qualities to certain scenes. In both cases she serves art's highest cause by inducing us to look, as if for the first time and with new understanding and pleasure at the material world we inhabit.
- Barbara Ball Buff, THE NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY
In Bascove's paintings the world has been simplified, reosolved; it has become a place of contemplation.
- John A. Parks, AMERICAN ARTIST