kate v. aggie: it’s an art slapdown
Agyness Deyn is often heralded as Kate Moss‘ successor to the crown of quintessential British coolness. But New York-based artist Katherine Bernhardt isn’t fully buying that. So in her first U.K. show, at the new 10,000-square-foot Ransom gallery space in London’s Chelsea (kitty-corner from the new Saatchi Gallery), Bernhardt presents seven portraits of artist’s muse Ms. Moss alongside one of puckish, androgynous, punky Deyn, who’s portrayed as both Hermes, the god of trickery, and Caerus, whom the Ancient Greeks considered the personification of luck. In the Deyn, the Mosses, and the 60-odd portraits of Victoria Beckham, Shalom Harlow, Kanye West, M.I.A., and others, Bernhardt has a message to deliver: that star power is rawer, more feral, and more dangerous than it appears in the slickly polished celebrity imagery we see in the supermarket glossies.