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Fuck You: from the Liz Taylor Series (after Bert Stern)

A work made of acrylic and composition leaf on canvas.

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  • A work made of acrylic and composition leaf on canvas.

Date:

1984

Artist:

Kathe Burkhart
American, born 1958

About this artwork

Kathe Burkhart is an artist and writer who uses images and text to, in her words, “articulate a radical female subject.” She considers this confrontational, sensual work to be the first fully realized canvas in her Liz Taylor Series, ongoing since 1982. The series of large-scale, richly saturated paintings combines appropriated portraits of actress Elizabeth Taylor (here, a shot of her as Cleopatra, taken by Bert Stern for Vogue magazine in 1962) with profane language, shattering both female stereotypes and conventions of representation. Taylor was a controversial feminist figure throughout her career, conveying equal parts bravura, sexual power, and vulnerability. Burkhart—collapsing the genres of portraiture and self-portraiture—treated the actress as a surrogate figure
for her own life in the diary-like narrative series.

On View

Contemporary Art, Gallery 293

Artist

Kathe Burkhart

Title

Fuck You: from the Liz Taylor Series (after Bert Stern)

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1984

Medium

Acrylic and composition leaf on canvas

Dimensions

182.8 x 121.9 cm (72 x 48 in.)

Credit Line

Contemporary Art Discretionary Fund

Reference Number

2016.324

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