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Brooklyn artist Katherine Bernhardt, whose work engages joyfully with pop culture — and is collected by the likes of Emily Ratajkowski — is the final artist to reveal her contribution to “Mickey: The True Original Exhibition” ahead of its opening in New York’s Chelsea on Nov. 8.
Bernhardt, a Brooklyn-based painter with more than two decades of experience in the New York art scene, has collaborated with Chanel and Miss Sixty on window installations and with Del Toro on a line of shoes revealed at Art Basel Miami in 2016. For the Disney exhibit, she contributed a 36-by-10-foot wall mural, titled 99 Cent Hot Dog, featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Mickey’s favorite food — hot dogs. The piece is on display in the “Hello, Mickey” room, the first area guests experience as they enter the exhibition.
The 16,000-square-foot exhibit, which celebrates 90 years of the iconic Disney figure with both historic and contemporary work from renowned artists, is filled with Insta-ready pieces in materials from paint to plush. Works already revealed include drawings by Brian Roettinger, who has designed album covers for Jay Z and Childish Gambino; a sculpture composed of Mickey plush and textile by Shinique Smith; and oversize Mickey ringer tee by Amanda Ross-Ho (whose work is collected by producer David Hoberman) and Kenny Scharf’s blacklit “Cosmic Cavern” with Mickey iconography.
“Mickey: The True Original Exhibition” is open to the public at 60 10th Avenue through Feb. 10. Tickets are $38, free for kids 3 and under.
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