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Katherine Bernhardt''s "The Magnificent Excess of Snoop Dogg" is a lush and punchy artist''s book. Jerry Saltz has called Bernhardt''s style "a hybrid of funk, punk, pop and every kind of Expressionism, be it abstract, neo-, German or East Village. She paints things I''m often suspicious of or have seen too many times before: fashion models, consumer goods and pop stars...Yet Bernhardt''s work--for all its flaws--sends me." In this volume, Bernhardt juxtaposes her fashion model and celebrity paintings with the media images she uses for source material. A scrappily painted portrait of an anorexic looking, large-headed Kate Moss shares a spread with its source photograph--so we can see that Bernhardt has indeed captured its essence faithfully. Also included are a photo-tour of Bernhardt''s studio, candid snapshots and revealing essays by critic and curator Nick Stillman and painter Lisa Ruyter.
A gorgeous, hilarious and beguiling artists book by Katherine Bernhardt. Bernhardt excels at vivid imagery with, as The New Yorker noted "slashing brushstrokes and dripping, vivid color ... used to depict images of women". Bernhardt herself compiled this volume as a collection of her work about fashion models and celebrities. Her paintings sit next to their inspirations: a vivacious but cutting portrait of Kate Moss sits across from its source photograph, and the stuff of fashion magazines - Bernhardt's main source - is treated with as much care as Bernhardt's own paintings. Both the body of work and its roots are explored in detail. Also included is a photo-tour of Bernhardt's studio, candid snapshots, and two revealing essays by Nick Stillman and Lisa Ruyter.