October 31 2016
Katherine Bernhardt at The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
January 20, 2017 – April 16, 2017
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
3750 Washington Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63108
New York-based artist and St. Louis native Katherine Bernhardt presents a site-specific mural on the Museum’s Project Wall. Bernhardt’s psychedelic paintings collapse distinctions between museum and street, between the classical still life and graffiti, often making unexpected juxtapositions of unrelated objects. Cleaning products such as Windex and toilet paper are depicted alongside turtles and hammerhead sharks, while Nike shoes and cigarettes pattern the background. With stylistic elements borrowed from Pop Art and Graffiti Art, Bernhardt uses bright colors and simple shapes and symbols—formal choices that belie her exploration of complex issues of commodification and consumption.
Katherine Bernhardt is organized for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis by Jeffrey Uslip, Chief Curator / Deputy Director for Exhibitions and Programs.