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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.




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.


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Contemporary Art


Kathe Burkhart


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


United States (Object made in)

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Made 1984


Acrylic and composition leaf on canvas


182.8 × 121.9 cm (72 × 48 in.)

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Contemporary Art Discretionary Fund

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