July 2, 2021 – David Zwirner is pleased to announce the representation of American artist Katherine Bernhardt in partnership with Canada. David Zwirner will present an exhibition of Bernhardt’s new works in London in spring 2022.
Bernhardt’s boundless visual appetite established her as one of the most energetic painters working today. She first gained attention in the early 2000s for her paintings of models taken straight from the pages of fashion magazines such as It and Vogue. Over the next decade, she began making pattern paintings that feature an ever-growing list of everyday patterns. Tacos, coffee makers, toilet paper, cigarettes, ET, Garfield, Darth Vader and the Pink Panther make improbable visual combinations in vast fields of exuberant color. She enjoys variety, and thoroughly investigates each of her obsessions before moving on to another. Bernhardt’s confidence in the fundamental foundations of painting gives her the freedom to represent whatever she wants, and the democratizing surfaces of her canvases operate without illusion, perspective, logical change of scale or atmosphere. With Bernhardt’s brutal but lyrical approach, each painting feels like a complete thought that engages the artist’s rich and raucous free association.
Through his index of images, from childhood sticker books to a ketchup bottle seen on a trip, Bernhardt chronicles his life and culture at large, synthesizing his visual material with hard-earned ease. His influences range from Henri Matisse and the Pattern and Decoration movement to Peter Doig and Chris Ofili. She is an artist of artists, admired by many contemporary peers working today as a singular voice in painting. In a palette that ranges from understated Day-Glo to crisp, Bernhardt paints the canvases face up on his studio floor, using spray paint, puddles of thinned acrylic, and a utility brush to emphasize the aspects. of its motives. Bernhardt’s process is improvised and loose, sometimes inviting accident and chance into the works, while asserting an equal relationship between artist and material.
David Zwirner said: “I have known Katherine Bernhardt’s work for many years and have been a fan since I first saw it in Canada here in New York. It is fascinating to see his work evolve. I believe Katherine is one of the most interesting and authentic voices in contemporary American painting. She is fearless and makes no apologies, as she creates iconic American imagery. Canada has done an incredible job showing her work to a New York audience, and we believe now is the time to showcase Katherine’s work globally. I look forward to our first exhibition in our London gallery this spring and our collaboration with Canada to expand Katherine’s audience. Canadian Phil Grauer shares David’s enthusiasm for Bernhardt’s work and the opportunities for her with David Zwirner: “Katherine is a strength. His courage as an artist and a person is legendary. We are delighted to see her seize this new opportunity. ”
Katherine bernhardt was born in 1975 in St. Louis, Missouri, and received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1998 and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, in 2000.
In 2018, the personal exhibition Katherine Bernhardt: The World of Watermelon was on view at Museo Mario Testino (MATE) in Lima, Peru. The year before, in 2017, the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, presented FOCUS: Katherine Bernhardt. Also in 2017, the artist painted a sixty-foot-long mural titled XXL Superplate Crepe for the St. Louis Contemporary Art Museum. In 2015, Bernhardt created a permanent installation for Club Caribe, Cidra, Puerto Rico, and a pool painting at Nautilus South Beach, Miami Beach.
His work has also been included in major group exhibitions, such as We are fighting to build a free world: an exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz, Jewish Museum, New York (2020-2021); Farm animal, curated by Sadie Laska, The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Greenwich, Connecticut (2017); NO MAN’S LAND: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, Rubell Family Collection, Miami (2015-2016), who traveled to the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC (2016-2017); and Wrong touch, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago (2002).
The artist’s works can be found in major public and museum collections, including the Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Greenwich, Connecticut; Carnegie Art Museum, Pittsburgh; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Knoxville Art Museum, Tennessee; Portland Art Museum, Maine; Rubell Museum, Miami; and the San Antonio, Texas Art Museum. Bernhardt lives and works in Saint-Louis.