Bernhardt paints a brightly hued portrait of the glorious jumble of contemporary life This is the first book to provide a comprehensive overview of Katherine Bernhardt’s wildly popular pattern paintings. Spanning 2013 through 2016, it collects over 100 of her brightly colored canvases. Well known for paintings of super models ripped from glossy fashion magazines and, more recently, Morrocan rug motifs, in 2013 Bernhardt dropped all direct quotation and now paints straight from her imagination, mining her own fertile reservoir of experience, imagery and sensation. Since then, Bernhardt has produced paintings that mix an assortment of objects reflecting her daily experiences, from life in New York to her love of Puerto Rico, her Saint Louis roots and family life. The objects are painted with incredible verve and tenacity, and include a jumble of the following items on colorfully activated grounds: watermelon slices, boom boxes, computers, pizza slices, cassette tapes, hamburgers, basketballs, old cell phones, airplanes, fruit, sharks, water, sea turtles, cigarettes, sharpies and keyboards. Bernhardt presents a slightly delirious feeling of New York City, the out-of-date and the up-to-the-minute all in one. Katherine Bernhardt was born in Saint Louis in 1975 and currently lives in New York. She received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her first solo museum exhibition will be at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis in January 2017, followed by The Modern, Fort Worth, in April 2017.
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 11 x 10 in. / 176 pgs / illustrated throughout.
PUBLISHING STATUS PUB DATE 5/23/2017 Forthcoming
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. EXCLUSIVE CATALOG: FALL 2017
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9780998523217TRADE LIST PRICE: $40.00 CDN $52.50
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STATUS: Forthcoming | 5/23/2017
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Published by PictureBox. Text by Nick Stillman, Lisa Ruyter.
Katherine Bernhardt's The Magnificent Excess of Snoop Dogg is a lush and punchy artist's book. Jerry Saltz has called Bernhardt's style "a hybrid of funk, punk, pop and every kind of Expressionism, be it abstract, neo-, German or East Village. She paints things I'm often suspicious of or have seen too many times before: fashion models, consumer goods and pop stars...Yet Bernhardt's work--for all its flaws--sends me." In this volume, Bernhardt juxtaposes her fashion model and celebrity paintings with the media images she uses for source material. A scrappily painted portrait of an anorexic looking, large-headed Kate Moss shares a spread with its source photograph--so we can see that Bernhardt has indeed captured its essence faithfully. Also included are a photo-tour of Bernhardt's studio, candid snapshots and revealing essays by critic and curator Nick Stillman and painter Lisa Ruyter.