Katherine Bernhardt - 20th Century & Contemporary Art New York Tuesday, July 18, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    CANADA, New York
    Acquired from the above in 2015

  • Literature

    Dan Nadel, ed., Katherine Bernhardt, New York, 2017, pp. 76, 171 (illustrated, p. 76)

  • 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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Socks + Basketballs + Pizza + Plantains + Toilet Paper

signed, inscribed and dated "Basketball in La Perla La Perla 2015 Katherine Bernhardt" on the reverse
acrylic and spray paint on canvas
78 x 72 1/4 in. (198.1 x 183.5 cm)
Executed in 2015.

$30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for $53,340

Contact Specialist

Nina Piro
Specialist, Associate Vice President

20th Century & Contemporary Art

New York Auction 18 July 2023