Katherine Bernhardt - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, October 13, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Carl Freedman Gallery, London
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    London, Carl Freedman Gallery, Katherine Bernhardt: Strawberry Banana Power Smoothie, 12 October - 14 November 2015

  • Literature

    Dan Rookwood, 'Lifestyle: Mr Lawrence Van Hagen', Mr Porter, 19 January 2017, online (illustrated)
    Colin Gleadell, 'Market News: the modern art comeback', The Telegraph, 3 November 2015, online (illustrated)

  • 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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Duracell, Cantalope, Doritos, Toilet Paper

signed, titled and dated 'Duracell Cantalope Doritos Toilet paper 2015 Katherine Bernhardt' on the reverse
acrylic and spray paint on canvas
244.2 x 304.9 cm (96 1/8 x 120 in.)
Executed in 2015.

£40,000 - 60,000 

Contact Specialist

Simon Tovey

Specialist, Associate Director, Head of Day Sale, 20th Century & Contemporary Art
+44 20 7318 4084


20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 13 October 2022