Kathe Burkhart

Annie Gentils Gallery

The world has changed a lot since American artist Kathe Burkhart began her “Liz Taylor” series, 1982–. But the language Burkhart uses hasn’t changed one bit, as one could see in “Women and Children First,” a selection of her paintings, drawings, and photographs. In fact, the oldest work there, Eikel (Conspirator), 1994, is stylistically interchangeable with a more recent painting, Blueballs (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), 2007. It may seem strange that in more than twenty-five years there has been no stylistic evolution—and that this constancy seems to be a defining quality of the artist’s work. Indeed, even if you only read Burkhart’s in-your-face words like SHIT HAPPENS, UP YOUR ASS, or TOUGH TITTY, painted like slogans across images appropriated from the canon of Taylor’s films, what’s striking is the consistency of this never-ending work in progress (the artist regards her output for the

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