Katherine Bernhardt - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale Hong Kong Thursday, March 30, 2023 | Phillips
  • "As an artist these days, I think that is what you’re doing. Creating your own brand. Creating something instantly recognizable, so that when people see your work, they can say oh, 'that’s a Katherine Bernhardt'."
    — Katherine Bernhardt

    • Provenance

      Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
      Private Collection
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

    • Artist Biography

      Katherine Bernhardt

      American • 1975

      Katherine Bernhardt, whether in her paintings or make-shift Moroccan rugs, is rapt by neons and geometries. The artist, who works in New York, takes an almost hasty-flick of a brushstroke that lands as a jagged architectural form — figures cut in space and in buzzing colors that leave a mental trace.

      Seemingly each month, multiple galleries, museums or art fairs across the world exhibit Bernhardt's large-scale fantasies and rug-centric installations, as seen in 2017 at Art Basel and with a solo retrospective at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth. "I think the best painters don't intellectualize their own art—they just make stuff," she says; but with sharks circling trash in the water in today's climate, as is depicted in Sharks, Toilet Paper and Plantains, it's not hard to see Bernhardt's deeper meanings. 

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Virus Summer

signed, titled and dated ‘“ViRUS SUMMeR” 2020 Katherine Bernhardt’ on the reverse
acrylic and spray paint on canvas
198.5 x 182.6 cm. (78 1/8 x 71 7/8 in.)
Executed in 2020.

Full Cataloguing

HK$600,000 - 900,000 

Sold for HK$1,143,000

Contact Specialist

Danielle So
Specialist, Head of Day Sale
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 31 March 2023