Katherine Bernhardt - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Friday, March 4, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    CANADA, New York
    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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Property from a Distinguished Private Collection

225

Sharpies on Black

signed, partially titled and dated 'Katherine Bernhardt 2014 Sharpies' on the reverse
acrylic and spray paint on canvas
244.4 x 305 cm (96 1/4 x 120 1/8 in.)
Executed in 2014.

Estimate
£20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for £95,760

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 4 March 2022