Katherine Bernhardt 1975 –

Art Basel Hong Kong was short and sweet this year. The fair was postponed from March until May because of the sharp increase in Covid cases in Hong Kong. The gallery exhibits were set up to enhance social distancing.

In spite of the obstacles, the works on exhibit represented the best of the world’s contemporary artists.

One of the highlights of Art Basel Hong Kong was the work of Katherine Bernhardt. Her bright, free-spirited paintings and prints have made her one of today’s most popular artists.

After receiving her BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York, Bernhardt set up a studio in Brooklyn. She worked there for more than twenty years, creating the giant paintings and prints of iconic cartoon characters, tacos and toilet paper with lots of color and tons of energy.

In 2019 Bernhardt moved back to her hometown of St. Louis. She bought three buildings in Midtown. She uses one building as her studio, one for storage and one as a gallery for local artists to display their work. Here’s a look at Bernhardt in the St. Louis studio.

She currently has an exhibit at the David Zwirner gallery in London. Katherine Bernhardt: Why is a mushroom growing in my shower? includes recent paintings using both her familiar images…like the Pink Panther…and new images like Crocs, Ditto from Pokémon and magic mushrooms.

Katherine Bernhardt’s works can be found in prominent public and museum collections, including the Brant Foundation Art Study Center in Greenwich, Connecticut the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo inTurin, Italy, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, the Knoxville Museum of Art in Tennessee, the Portland Museum of Art in Maine, the Rubell Museum in Miami and the San Antonio Museum of Art in  Texas.

William Wegman 1943 –

A current exhibit of William Wegman’s work includes not a single photograph of his Weimaraners. William Wegman: Writing by the Artist consists of texts,  drawings, photographs, and videos that Wegman has created during his fifty year career.

Before Wegman began photographing his lovable dogs, he received a B.F.A. in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1965 and an M.F.A. in painting from the University of Illinois in 1967. He went on to teach at the University of Wisconsin and then at California State College.

The photos of his dogs, with their deadpan expressions and human behaviors made them, and Wegman, international stars.

Not as widely exhibited are Wegman’s drawings and paintings, which are funny and masterful.

William Wegman: Writing by the Artist is on exhibit at the Sperone Westwater Gallery in New York through July 29, 2022.

William Wegman lives in New York and Maine where he continues to paint, draw, make videos and take photographs with his dogs Flo and Topper.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the works of Katherine Bernhardt, William Wegman or any of the other fine art available at VFA.


References:
Valencia Tong. The Best Booths at Art Basel Hong Kong 2022, from Dazzling Large-Scale Installations to NFT Hype. Artnews. May 27, 2022.
Megan Mertz. National artist Katherine Bernhardt’s Midtown studio was once an auto shop. St. Louis Magazine. May 6, 2021.
Katherine Bernhardt: Why is a mushroom growing in my shower? David Zwirner London. Martin Cid Magazine. May 25, 2022.
Ann C. Collins. William Wegman: Writing by Artist. The Brooklyn Rail. June 2022.
Emily Watlington. Who Took the Dogs Out?: William Wegman at Sperone Westwater. Art in America. June 14, 2022.