Elizabeth Taylor’s penis dangles beneath her coattails in Cunt: from the Liz Taylor Series (Raintree County), 2010, one of eight bold, brassy paintings exhibited from Kathe Burkhart’s ongoing, decades-long series devoted to the superstar. The painting’s profane title is emblazoned across the top in red letters, polarizing the male member between Liz’s legs. Between the cock and cunt, an impertinent, flatly painted Taylor stands against a brick wall with her hands on her hips, her famous violet eyes gazing disaffectedly beyond the picture’s surface.
Burkhart has been painting Taylor since 1982, laying saucy, often expletive-filled phrases over tweaked film stills and publicity photographs. Rooted in the intertwined tendencies of brash, good-bad painting and Pictures appropriation, the “Liz Taylor Series” is also a sustained self-portraiture practice, with Taylor, the consummate sex
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