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      Katherine Bernhardt
    Face time

    Katherine Bernhardt's portraits and imaginary landscapes burst with color and chaos.


    Katherine Bernhardt's riotously colorful paintings are a fusion of glamour and chaos. Most of the paintings in this show are depictions of women in almost cartoon abstract primitive interpretations of images from glossy fashion magazines.

    "Nighttime Thong" (above) looks like an action-painting take on a page from a Victoria's Secret catalog. The model, clad in lace rendered by thick paint, stares out under the bold highlights of her hair.

    "Bjork," we can assume, is a portrait of the singer wearing a milk-chocolate pleated skirt with a horse at the waist and a white blouse that fades into the background. She's there on the canvas, but only so much. This painting seems to be making a comment on the singer's quirky character, her unpredictability.

    Paintings by: Katherine Bernhardt.
    Team Gallery 527 West 26th St. (212) 279-9219 Through Dec. 26, 2001

    "Blonde" is a portrait of a bespectacled woman wearing a white dress with South American accessories and a wide umbrella of blonde hair. She resembles Gloria Steinem a bit and has an air of serene authority, kind of like a feminist ancestor painting.

    In a change from the glamour girls, in the front room is "Starr Scunt Campos," a group of multicolored arches on a surface of heavy white brushstrokes. Near that is "Psychotic Episode," a gripping portrait of a young woman's face that seems to be melting with heavy black eye makeup and a choppy haircut. She clearly is the face of post-punk anxiety. In the back roon is "Cher," a very abstract portrait of the singer in which her long dark hair takes up most of the canvas.

    Next to that is "When Hell Freezes Over" a very post-apocalyptic rendering of the McDonald's golden arches against a spray-painted blue sky. This landscape is barren except for commercialism, the artist seems to be saying. Two heavy abstracted portraits, "Totally Insane" and "Pacman," are like punk cartoons rendered with thick flourishes of color. They could be ghosts from the Mudd Club.

    DECEMBER 12, 2001

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    "When Hell Freezes Over"

    Reader comments on Katherine Bernhardt:

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