5 Cigarettes on Black
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  • Provenance

    CANADA, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Artist Bio

    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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5 Cigarettes on Black

singed, partially titled and dated "Katherine Bernhardt 2014 5 cigarettes" on the reverse
acrylic and spray paint on canvas
40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
Executed in 2014.

Estimate
$10,000 - 15,000 

sold for $26,250

Contact Specialist

Rebekah Bowling
Head of Day Sale, Afternoon Session
New York

1 212 940 1250

20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session

New York Auction 2 July 2020