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Katherine Bernhardt (B. 1975)
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Katherine Bernhardt (B. 1975)

Anna Barrios Pucci Bikini Print

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Katherine Bernhardt (B. 1975)
Anna Barrios Pucci Bikini Print
signed, titled and dated 'Katherine Bernhardt 2006 Anna Barrios Pucci Bikini Print' (on the reverse)
acrylic on canvas
72 ¼ x 59 7/8in. (183.5 x 152.2cm.)
Painted in 2006
Provenance
Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad.
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
Exhibited
Gstaad, Patricia Low Contemporary, Flesh for Fantasy, 2006.
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Lot Essay

With its acrylic glare and strident painterly gestures, Anna Barrios Pucci Print, 2006, is a striking example of Katherine Bernhardt’s engagement with the fantastical trappings of seduction, decadence and corruption. Looming larger than life, Bernhardt’s signature demoiselle is at once it-girl, goddess and super-heroine, languishing in the ennui of money, power, and style. Ill-fitting triangles becomes a designer bikini, lurid circles pose as eye-shadow, and pink terrains of skin drip with melting suggestion of fake tan or plastic surgery. Approaching painting as a platform for fictional narratives, Bernhardt’s imagined characters hint at the vacuity of media images and contemporary consumer culture.

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