Katherine Bernhardt: Why is a mushroom growing in my shower?

Text by Suzanne Hudson 

Dazzling and playful, Katherine Bernhardt’s 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, her works demand attention.

Expanding on the exhibition at David Zwirner, London, in 2022, this catalogue includes additional paintings and works on paper in which Bernhardt develops her ongoing body of work. With many details of paintings, this significant publication gives the artist’s work ample space to play. Suzanne Hudson’s essay considers Bernhardt’s work from an art-historical perspective and explores the artist’s work and life.


Publisher: David Zwirner Books

Artists: Katherine Bernhardt

Contributors: Suzanne Hudson

Designer: Beverly Joel, pulp, ink.

Printer: Verona Libri, Verona

Publication Date: 2023

Binding: Hardcover

Dimensions: 10.75 × 14.25 in | 27.3 × 36.2 cm

Pages: 128

Reproductions: 82 illustrations

ISBN: 9781644231128

Retail: $80 | $105 CAN | £65

Status: Available

Katherine Bernhardt

Katherine Bernhardt (b. 1975) was born in St. Louis, Missouri and received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1998 and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, in 2000. 

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Suzanne Hudson

Suzanne Hudson is professor of art history and fine arts at the University of Southern California.

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