Kathe Burkhart American/Dutch, b. 1958


Kathe Burkhart is an American/Dutch interdisciplinary artist, painter, writer, and art critic, best known for her ongoing Liz Taylor series, a self-portrait project in which the late iconic actress serves as the artist's double. 

Kathe Burkhart (born 1958) has been working since the early ’80s, she has consistently and candidly engaged gender roles, sexuality, celebrity, and language to, in her words, “articulate a radical female subject.” Ongoing from 1982, her Liz Taylor Series of large-scale, richly saturated paintings combines appropriated portraits of actress Elizabeth Taylor with profane language, shattering both female stereotypes and conventions of representation. Ms. Burkhart has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally, including The Whitney Museum, Venice Biennale, PS1 Contemporary Art Center/MoMA, Kunsthalle Fribourg, the New Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Weatherspoon Museum, Neuberger Museum, Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada) SMAK Museum, (Gent, Belgium) Flash Art Museum, Galleria d’ Arte Moderna, Bologna (Italy) and the Groningen, Zwolle and Helmond Museums (Netherlands) among many others. She has had 44 solo exhibitions, among them Participant Inc., Mary Boone Gallery, Mitchell Algus Gallery, and Feature Inc., NYÇ. Her works are included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, among others.