The Liz Taylor series: the first 25 years, 1982-2007

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Regency Arts Press, 2007 - Art - 209 pages
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The respected New York painter Kathe Burkhart is best known internationally for her Liz Taylor Series, a Feminist conceptual project that is more a highly performative serial work than a simple body of paintings and drawings devoted to this iconic and perpetually complicated Hollywood muse. In Burkhart's work, Taylor's multiple personae--actress, vixen, Hollywood royalty, serial wife and divorc e, party girl, charitable humanitarian, entrepreneur, rebel, dominant woman--together form a media-based mirror of contemporary female identity. Derived from tabloid and paparazzi shots, film stills and publicity photos and often emblazoned with highly charged expressions of profanity, the paintings portray the actress as a two-dimensional doppelg nger for the artist herself--caught in the act of reclaiming female sexuality and power. This comprehensive volume, arranged in chronological order, presents Burkhart's series-in-progress at its 25-year mark. Consistently intense and obsessively focused, it is a relentlessly powerful experience.

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Kathe Burkhart was born in 1958 in Martinsburg, West Virginia. She received both her BFA and MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles and she is currently on the faculty at New York University, where she teaches art theory and criticism. Her 2007 exhibition at Alexander Gray Associates in New York was widely reviewed, as was her first major American museum exhibition at P.S.1 during the same year.

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