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Richard Bernstein, donated by his Estate
Max's Kansas City
30" x 30"
Richard Bernstein, who would become most widely known for the cover art of Andy Warhol's Interview Magazine, began his career in downtown New York's burgeoning art scene while receiving his BFA from Pratt and his MFA from Columbia University as a student of the painter and illustrator, Richard Lindner (1901-1978). His first exhibition at the Iris Clert Gallery in Paris launched his career and led to several international exhibitions. In the late 1960s, Bernstein moved into the Chelsea Hotel, where he would live until his death in 2002, as it became a center of New York's art scene and he began socializing in the circles revolving around Warhol's Factory and Studio 54.
An admirer of his work, Andy Warhol hired Bernstein to create the covers for his Interview Magazine. From 1972 until 1989, Bernstein flawlessly portrayed both major and upcoming celebrities as the publication's cover artist. Andy Warhol summarized the glamorous appeal of the hyper-saturated and larger than life canvases, stating: "He makes everyone look so famous." This distinctive "Bernstein Look" helped to launch the then avant-garde publication into the central role it played in celebrity culture of the 1970s and 1980s.
After his tenure at Interview, Bernstein would continue to work in the fashion and music industries and create his own art. In 1990, Bernstein received a commission by the World Federation of United Nations Associations to create the first postal stamp for the new decade.
Today his work can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Tate in London, and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. among others.
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