Katherine Bernhardt - Why Is A Mushroom Growing In My Shower?

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Suzanne Hudson 

Dazzling and playful, Katherine Bernhardt’s newest paintings highlight her fascination with American pop vernacular, from Pokémon and the Pink Panther to Crocs and psilocybin mushrooms.

"Bernhardt has always been impressive for her ability to combine the immediate, seductive properties of paint with the infectious humor of topical pop culture." Hyperallergic

Bernhardt’s boundless visual appetite has established her as one of the most exciting painters working today. Thinking about the relationship between art, objects, and commerce, Bernhardt spotlights iconic motifs of cartoons and cultural symbols. Colors and lines bleed and pool together, revealing Bernhardt’s brisk and improvisational process. Monumental in size, subject matter, and vibrancy, Katherine Bernhardt’s works demand attention.

Expanding upon the exhibition at David Zwirner, London, in 2022, this catalogue includes bonus paintings and works on paper—developing her ongoing body of work. With many details of Bernhardt’s paintings, this large publication gives the artist’s work ample space to play. Suzanne Hudson’s essay considers Bernhardt’s work from an art historical perspective and thinks through the relationship between the artist’s work and life.

  • Hardcover
  • 128 pages
  • 27.31 x 2.03 x 36.2 cm
  • Published by David Zwirner Books