The Lifeguards of Katherine Bradford at the Kaufmann Repetto

The Lifeguards of Katherine Bradford at the Kaufmann Repetto
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A group of lifeguards and swimmers float among ample blue skies and water, the distinction between the two lost in shades ranging from cobalt to azure in a fleeting yet tangible atmosphere. Delicate modulations which oscillate between pale lavender and intense violet, depicting beaches and bodies, while red, white and yellow lines delineate the ocean floor or the edge of a swimming pool. These are the backgrounds that host the swimmers of the New York artist Katherine Bradford, with their androgynous bodies, lacking distinct features, sketched with audacious colours to depict their tans, pale pink or more intense bright salmon or violet. Next to these extravagantly and surprisingly posed characters are the Lifeguards whose presence gives the exhibition its name at the Kaufmann Repetto until October 9 for the first personal exhibition of Katherine Bradford at the Milanese gallery. Bradford, who during the first phase of her career focused on abstract painting, has, for the last twenty years, been working with figurative art as well. Her human beings, initially floating in their melancholic solipsism, now explode on the scene, protagonists of the exploration of the artist on the social relations between human beings, especially in light of the recent pandemia. Exploring “who we are, how we adapt together on the visual level, how we are there, next to one another”, the artist seems to embody the “liquid modernity” in which “change is the only permanent thing and uncertainty, the only certainty”.
Samantha De Martin - © 2021 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano