Derrick Adams 1970 –
My work is focused on the idea of how crucial it is for Black people to think of leisure as a radical act. – Derrick Adams
Derrick Adams’ focus on leisure activities seems a little ironic, considering how many projects he seems to be working on: he teaches at Brooklyn College, he’s opening an invitation-only retreat for Black artists in his hometown of Baltimore; last year he helped to curate Harlem Renaissance artist, Jacob Lawrence’s American Struggle Series national tour, he designed swim shorts and totes for Vilebrequin, he was featured in Forbes and Vogue this year and he has shows coming up in the fall at the Cleveland Art Museum, the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle and the Longlati Foundation in Shanghai.
Available at VFA are works from Adams’ Floater Series, We Came to Party and Plan Series and his recent Style Variations Series, which was inspired by the hair salons and barber shops in his Brooklyn neighborhood and the hairdressers and barbers he interviewed.
Katherine Bernhardt – 1975
The works of Katherine Bernhardt have garnered international attention for the last twenty years. This year she was asked to design the cover for Vogue Italia and was invited be part of the recent international Urban Break exhibit in Seoul, Korea.
After spending twenty years in New York, Bernhardt has returned to her home town of St. Louis. She bought three buildings and has revamped two of them; one for use as her studio and one as a gallery to exhibit her work, as well as the works of other artists.
Bernhardt said she moved back to St. Louis to help her parents, and that she and her son are living in her childhood home. “When I was little here in St. Louis,” she said, “one of the only things I liked, design-wise, was the Swatch watches at Dillard’s. So, I would go to Dillard’s to look at them, and I would collect Swatch watches. I was always collecting stuff. … One of the other things to do was look at magazines. Some of my early work is all supermodels from magazine pictures. Then I became obsessed with Moroccan rugs and started painting those.”
Her work is playful and colorful and is not just in venues like the Smithsonian, the Carnegie Museum and the Sandretto Foundation in Torino, Italy, but has also been selling way above estimates at Christie’s and other auction houses.
Please contact us if you would like more information about the works of Derrick Adams, Katherine Bernhardt or any of the other fine artists whose works are available at VFA.
Megan Mertz. National artist Katherine Bernhardt’s Midtown studio was once an auto shop. St. Louis Magazine. May 6, 2021.
Mark Westall. David Zwirner Now Represents Katherine Bernhardt. FAD Magazine. July 6, 2021.
Park Han-sol. Urban art fair for millennials, Gen Z to kick off next week. The Korea Times. July 19, 2021.
Y-Jean Mun-Delsalle. With His Radical Depictions Of Black Joy, Derrick Adams Is An Artist To Watch. Forbes. July 8, 2021.
Dodie Kazanjian. Derrick Adams’s Art Celebrates Black Life at its Most Exultant. Vogue Magazine. April 1, 2021.
Caroline Perrott. Derrick Adams X Vilebrequin Bring Miamians A Collab Perfect For The Days Ahead. OceanDrive Magazine. January 7, 2021.
Marcia G. Yerman. A Conversation With Derrick Adams. Huffpost. October 14, 2014.