New York School painter Alex Katz developed his highly stylized aesthetic in reaction to 1950s Abstract Expressionism, finding his own distinctive resolution between formalism and representation. His brightly colored figurative and landscape paintings are rendered in a flat style that takes cues from everyday visual culture like advertising and cinema, in many ways anticipating both the formal and conceptual concerns of Pop Art. Well known for his many portraits of his wife and muse, Ada, Katz has also dedicated himself to printmaking and freestanding sculptures of cutout figures painted on wood or aluminum.
About the Artist
American, b. 1927, New York, New York, based in New York, New YorkBiography
Recent acquisitions Fall 2016, Ludorff
East Building Permanent Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Alex Katz, Serpentine Galleries
Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s, Colby College Museum of Art