Mark Cole Curator of American Art and Sculpture
All images by Alex Katz (American, b. 1927), © Alex Katz / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Alex Katz (American, b. 1927)
oil on canvas, Framed: 187 x 278 x 4 cm (73 9/16 x 109 7/16 x 1 9/16 in.); Unframed: 182.9 x 276.9 cm (72 x 109 in.). Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund and Gift of the Eppler Family Foundation and Agnes Gund 1983.68
Alex Katz paints the world around him with a certain candor and has been doing so for over six decades. Using a wet-on-wet painting technique his works are marked with a subtlety and softness through which he depicts his personal universe of friends, families, and intimate settings, whether pastoral or urban. Impala pictures his partner Ada, the subject of many of Katz's works, serenely looking into the distance from the passenger side of a car with a picturesque vista looming in the of a car with a picturesque vista looming in the background.
Fischbach Gallery, New York (Sept. 26 - Oct. 22, 1970).
"Alex Katz Retrospective," Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, (Jan. 7, 1971 - Feb. 7, 1971). Also to Univ. of California, San Diego; Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul; Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford.
"The Figure: de Kooning to Warhol," Cleveland Museum of Art (Nov. 1, 1983 - Jan. 8, 1984).
"Alex Katz," Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (March 6 - June 15, 1986).
The Cleveland Museum of Art (06/01/2007); "CMA @ Akron"
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