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Katharine Kuharic, 2022
Photo by Marianita Peaslee

Over the past three decades, innovative painter Katharine Kuharic (b. 1962) has pioneered a genre of distinctly queer image-making that is both pastoral and pop. Eschewing various gendered historical tropes, Kuharic’s work conjures open-ended narratives, always insisting that things are different from what they seem. Emphasizing an individual aesthetic counter to the virtual realities of technology, Kuharic’s performative, labor intensive process necessitates an equivalent time-based immersion and emotional impact on the viewer. Her consistently multi-layered symbolism, hyper-realistic style, and highly keyed pallet, forms a dizzying yet incisive picture of America. Kuharic was born in South Bend, IN and completed her BFA in Painting & Drawing at Carnegie Mellon University in 1984. She has exhibited in the U.S. and abroad in solo or group exhibitions in Paris, Rome, Tokyo, Stockholm, London, and Amsterdam. Kuharic has been the subject of museum exhibitions at the St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO; the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE; the South Bend Regional Art Museum, South Bend, IN; the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO; and the Portsmouth Museum of Art, Portsmouth, NH. She has been represented by P·P·O·W since 1994 and presented four solo exhibitions with the gallery.

KATHARINE KUHARIC

b. 1962, South Bend, IN

EDUCATION

1985    
School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

1984    
B.F.A. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016    
The Conference of Birds, A New Exhibit, Shirley Fiterman Art Center, New York, NY
Small Scale, Philip Slein Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Tight Ass Drawings, curated by Brett Reichman at CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2015    
Gone to Ground, Art Residency Festival, Residency 10, Gyeonggi Creation Center, Ansan, South Korea
Masque of Mercy, Philip Slein Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2012    
As American As (project in conjunction with P·P·O·W to fund artist’s SuperPac which resulted in the creation and sale of twenty works of art and attendance at two swearing in ceremonies in Washington, DC)
Working in the Lou, Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2011    
Pound of Flesh, P·P·O·W, New York, NY

2008    
Unsolicited, McCarthy Gallery, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, VT

2007    
Winner Takes All, Solway Jones Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Homestyle: A Survey of Works on Paper, South Bend Regional Museum of Art, South Bend, IN   

2006    
The Low Road, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE

2005    
The World Brought Low, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

2004    
Throb, P·P·O·W, New York, NY

2000    
Glory Garden, P·P·O·W, New York, NY

1997    
Show Quality Bitches, P·P·O·W, New York, NY

1994    
P·P·O·W, New York, NY

1993    
Amy Lipton Gallery, New York, NY

1991    
Berland Hall Gallery, New York, NY

1990    
Bess Cutler Gallery, New York, NY

1989    
Elizabeth McDonald Gallery, New York, NY

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019    
Stonewall 50/50, 1969 Gallery, New York, NY

2011    
International Art Conference, Ford Foundation, New York, NY
Cinematic Bodies, Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Paris Dream, Philip Slein Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2010    
Sacred and Profane, Portsmouth Museum of Fine Art, Portsmouth, NH

2008    
Private (Dis)play, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY, Emerson Gallery, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY, and COCA, St. Louis, MO
Ultra-Concentrated Joy – Ecstatic Drawings by Contemporary Artists curated by Catherine Howe, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
Out of the Dust: Locust Street Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2007    
The Story Goes, McKenzie Fine Art, New York, NY
Homestyle: A Survey of Works on Paper South Bend Regional Museum, South Bend, IN  

2006    
American Eden, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, NY
Outland, Solway Jones, Los Angeles, CA 
100% Centennial, Carnegie Mellon University, Regina-Gouger Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

2005    
Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2004    
21, P·P·O·W, New York, NY
Women Only, Eliot Smith Contemporary, St. Louis, MO
Painting Since 1990, The Sheldon, St. Louis, MO

2003    
Schmidt’s Picks, Philip Slein Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2002    
Social Landscape, P·P·O·W, New York, NY
Bitch School, Longwood Arts Project, P.S. 39, Bronx, NY

2001    
Instructors Show, Cooper Union, New York, NY

2000    
Wine, Women & Wheels, White Columns, New York, NY
nude + narrative, P·P·O·W, New York, NY
The New Museum of Contemporary Art Benefit Show, New York, NY

1999    
Wishful Thinking, James Graham & Sons, New York, NY
Elbowroom, Stockholm, Sweden
Peep Show, Luise Ross Gallery, New York, NY
some WOMEN/PRETTY girls, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

1996    
Annual Summer Watercolor Exhibition, P·P·O·W, New York, NY
Anima Munda, James Graham & Sons, New York, NY

1995    
Bodies Terrestrial, curated by Christopher Sweet, Zoller Gallery, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
On the Brink 1900-2000:  The Turning of Two Centuries, Galerie St. Etienne, New York, NY

1994    
The Obscure Object of Desire, exhibition and panel discussion curated and moderated by Dan Cameron, Four Walls, Brooklyn, NY
Fallen Idylls: American Figurative Painting, Art Miami ‘94, Miami, FL. Travelling to Martin County Center for the Arts, Stuart, FL

1993    
Cadavre Exquis, The Drawing Center, New York, NY
Littlejohn-Sternau Gallery, New York, NY
Tom Cugliani Gallery, New York, NY
The Anti-Masculine, Kim Light Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1992    
Fall, Amy Lipton Gallery, New York, NY
Shapeshifters, Amy Lipton Gallery, New York, NY

1991    
FIAR Inc. The Fiar International Prize, Milan, Italy; Rome, Italy; Paris, France; London, England; New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA (catalogue)
New Generations, New York, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA (catalogue)
Drawing Time, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY (catalogue)
Humor, Satire and Irony: Definitions and Discoveries, Krasdale Food Corp., Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY
Menagerie, General Electric, curated by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Dumb Animal, White Columns, NY
Althea Viafora, New York, NY

1989    
New Generations, New York, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA (catalogue)
Drawing Time, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY (catalogue)
Humor, Satire and Irony: Definitions and Discoveries, Krasdale Food Corp., Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY
Menagerie, General Electric, curated by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Dumb Animal, White Columns, NY
Althea Viafora, New York, NY

1988    
Bess Cutler Gallery, New York, NY
Surrealismo, Mendelson Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Vulgar Realism, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY
Ten Painters, White Columns, New York, NY

1986    
Retroactive, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY (catalogue)
Gallery Show, Exit Art, New York, NY

1984    
Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA

1983    
Prospective Artists, Pittsburgh Plan for Art, Pittsburgh, PA
25 Under 25, Southern Alleghanies Museum of Art, Johnstown, PA

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY

2011    
Russell, Christopher. “Studio Visit- New York,” Interview, Artillary Magazine, Issue Number 5, May/ June.

2007    
Gillespie, Evan. “Harsh and Amiable,” review of Homestyle: A Survey of Work on Paper by Katharine Kuharic, South Bend Tribune, April 1, 2007.
Moran, Laura. “Upcoming Art Events-Homestyle Arts Everywhere Magazine,” Spring 2007 (reproduction).
Frackiewicz, Dorota. “Dzikie Wisne Kultura Popularna W Tworczosci Katharine Kuharic,” Wild Cherries. Popular Culture in the Art of Katharine Kuharic, (multiple reproductions), article in Polish from the journal Sztukaifilozofia, Uniwersytet Warszawski Instytut Filozogii.
Bonetti, David. “Technology Takes the Personal Out of Personal Expression,” St. Louis Post – Dispatch, April 22, 2007. (reproduction)

2005    
Bonetti, David. “Review of Bruno David Exhibition,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Nov 8, 2005.
Dischinger, Mark. “Superfantastic Four,” review of Contemporary Art Museum exhibition, Riverfront Times, March 16-22, 2005. pg. 29.
“On the Road: Art Museums,” Kansas City Star, May 26, 2005.
SH Magazine, June 2005.
Bonetti, David. “Review of The World Brought Low,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch. April 3, 2005.
Cox, Joshua. “A Look at New Art,” Playback Magazine, Philip Slein Gallery, St. Louis, MO.
Clark, Robin. “Museum Magazine,” April 3, 2005. St. Louis Art Museum, MO.
Bonetti, David. Lecture at the St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

2004    
Levin, Kim. “Review of THROB,” The Village Voice, June 9-15, 2004. pg. 85.
“THROB,” full color catalogue, contains essays by David Humphrey and Keith Recker, and an excerpt from the novel Leash (Semiotext/MIT Press 2002) by Jane DeLynn, P·P·O·W.
Bonetti, David. “Review of Women Only at Eliot Smith Contemporary,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 9, 2004.

2003    
Bonetti, David. “Slein Gallery Show is Heavy with Allegorical Paintings,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Nov. 2, 2003. pg. C8 (reproduction).
Bonetti, David. “Schmidt’s Picks: A New Look at Contemporary Art in St. Louis Since 1990,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dec 7, 2003. pg. B10.
Zapf, Rudy. “Kuharic’s Super-Clear Tilt,” Playback, December 2003. pg. 23, 29. (reproductions)

2001    
Artsy Magazine, review with images reproduced.

2000    
Levin, Kim. “Review Wine, Women and Wheels,” Village Voice, 2000.

1999    
Parkette Magazine, Interview with Andrea Rosen.
“L’ Arte conceptuale e un losco affare che ha succeso se umilia la pittura,” Tema Celeste, October-December 1999. pg. 69.

1998    
Out, February 1998, pg. 48, (reproduction).
Halle, Howard. Time Out, July 23, 1998. Issue 147.
Cotter, Holland. “Peep Show,” review, New York Times, July 10, 1998.
Faulds, Rod. “Some WOMEN/PRETTY girls,” brochure, The Schmidt Center Gallery, Florida Atlantic University.
Arning, Bill. “Sexuality in Contested Space,” essay in brochure for “Elbowroom,” Tredje Sparet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Van der Heeg, Erik. “Elbowroom,” essay in brochure for “Elbowroom,” Tredje Sparet, Stockholm, Sweden.
“Elbowroom,” review, Afton Bladet, Stockholm, Sweden, July 18, 1998.
“Elbowroom,” review, QX, Stockholm, Sweden, August 1998.
Hellberg, Susanna. “Stockholms Tip Set,” Dag DN, Stockholm, Sweden.

1997    
Arning, Bill. Review, Time Out, May 15 - 22, 1997. pg. 46 (reproduction).

1995    
Goldberg, Vicki. “1890’s or 1900’s, the Visions Are of an Apocalypse Soon,” The New York Times, May 14, 1995. Section 2.

1994    
Sweet, Christopher. “Fallen Idylls:  American Figurative Painting,” brochure with color reproduction, published by Art Miami 1994.

1992    
Cameron, Dan.  FIAR International Prize 1991-93, catalogue essay.
Cotter, Holland.  “Nature Fabrilis,” The New York Times, July 3, 1992.
Bomb, Summer 1992. (illustrated).
Faust, Gretchen.  Review, Arts Magazine, April 1992.
Levin, Kim and Elaine King.  “New Generations, New York,” catalogue essay, Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, PA.
Georgia, Olivia. Catalogue, “Drawing Time,” Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY.

1988    
Gilbard, Florence. “Kuharic’s Theft,” Museum Arts Magazine, December 1988.
Sax, George. “Bemused Alienations,” The Buffalo News, October 3, 1988.

1986    
Howe, Catherine. “Retroactive,” catalogue essay, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Buffalo, NY.

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails
Katharine Kuharic, Coda, 2021

Katharine Kuharic
Coda, 2021
oil on linen
48 x 72 ins.
121.9 x 182.9 cm

Katharine Kuharic, Sentinel, 2021

Katharine Kuharic
Sentinel, 2021
oil on linen
60 x 40 ins.
152.4 x 101.6 cm

Katharine Kuharic, Cenotaph, 2020

Katharine Kuharic
Cenotaph, 2020
oil on linen
40 x 60 ins.
101.6 x 152.4 cm

Katharine Kuharic, Fairy Lights, 1999

Katharine Kuharic
Fairy Lights, 1999
oil on linen
32 x 42 ins.
81.3 x 106.7 cm

Katharine Kuharic, Backwards Flag, 1998

Katharine Kuharic
Backwards Flag, 1998
oil on linen
26 x 20 ins.
66 x 50.8 cm

Katharine Kuharic, Unseen, 1994

Katharine Kuharic
Unseen, 1994
oil on linen
40 x 30 ins.
101.6 x 76.2 cm

Katharine Kuharic, Coda, 2021

Katharine Kuharic
Coda, 2021
oil on linen
48 x 72 ins.
121.9 x 182.9 cm

Katharine Kuharic, Sentinel, 2021

Katharine Kuharic
Sentinel, 2021
oil on linen
60 x 40 ins.
152.4 x 101.6 cm

Katharine Kuharic, Cenotaph, 2020

Katharine Kuharic
Cenotaph, 2020
oil on linen
40 x 60 ins.
101.6 x 152.4 cm

Katharine Kuharic, Fairy Lights, 1999

Katharine Kuharic
Fairy Lights, 1999
oil on linen
32 x 42 ins.
81.3 x 106.7 cm

Katharine Kuharic, Backwards Flag, 1998

Katharine Kuharic
Backwards Flag, 1998
oil on linen
26 x 20 ins.
66 x 50.8 cm

Katharine Kuharic, Unseen, 1994

Katharine Kuharic
Unseen, 1994
oil on linen
40 x 30 ins.
101.6 x 76.2 cm