Images of Liz Taylor overlaid with profanities provide a platform in which Burkhart addresses feminist resistance, female dominance and sexual power. "
Central to the P.S. 1 show was Archive, an installation work that crystallizes the photo-based and performative nature of Burkhart's practice for the viewer.
This site specific installation work is made up of the actual archive of film stills used as source materials in the Liz Taylor Series, framing a vintage painting in the center.
The current exhibition will include this important piece as well as a selection of both new and older works in painting, drawing, installation, photography and video, including both older and new works created since the death of Elizabeth Taylor. This event, which coincided with a turbulent time in the artist's personal life marks a significant turning point in the series, and provides an opportunity to reflect on a 27 year old body of work that exists as just one of multiple ongoing series and engagement in other media.
While the Liz Taylor Series locates itself the nexus between performativity, painting, portraiture and interpersonal behavior, it has always been much more about the artist herself, than about Elizabeth Taylor. Nevertheless, Taylor has provided a performative vehicle, a body to inhabit which no longer exists, which may not even prove to be necessary anymore.
In considering the decision of whether or not to abandon the Series, the question is if the series dies with the life of the ‘muse’ or the life of the artist, and how, then, does the life and death of the muse intersect with the life and death of the artist?
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