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Alex Katz

Alex Katz (American, born 1927) is the outstanding protagonist of figurative painting and one of our era's most acclaimed artists. In the late 1950s, the artist began to develop his mature style, characterized by elegance, simplicity, and stylized abstraction, which typifies his entire production. Alex Katz’s paintings are the result of a transformation of the three-dimensional world into simplified landscapes and portraits. He chooses to minimize details and shading and to present bold contours and blocks of colour. Indeed, Alex Katz’s art captures the appearances and transposes them into paintings. Alex Katz’s portraits feature his own social milieu – friends, fellow artists, and most notably his wife Ada, whom he has painted more than 200 times. The artist’s quest to represent the experience of spectatorship is reflected in his portraits, also in his large landscapes, which he characterizes as “environmental”. In his continued experimentation with different media, the artist creates what he calls “cut-outs”, freestanding sculptures that blur the line between painting and object. Back in 1965, Katz began experimenting with printmaking, which became a key aspect of his artistic practice. Alex Katz’s prints, which vary from lithographs, etchings, and silkscreens to linoleum cuts, have been exhibited in major museums, such as the Albertina Museum in Vienna, which, in 2010, showed a retrospective survey of over 150 graphic works, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in an exhibition in 2012. The transposition of his notable paintings into prints allows Alex Katz to make his art more accessible to his collectors, thereby maintaining the same allure and stylish power as his painted works.

“ In a hundred years? That’s a residue. It’s the here and now, that I’m interested in. If you get that, it explodes into eternity. ”

Alex Katz

Alex Katz's
available artworks

Vivien in Black Hat

2010

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Twilight I

2009

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Black Dress (Portfolio of 9)

2015

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Black Dress (Yi)

2015

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Diana

2014

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Flags

2013

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Harbor

2006

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Sunset Cove (Small Cuts)

2008

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Black Dress (Carmen)

2015

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Harbor 10

2006

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Late Summer Flowers

2013

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Reflection

2010

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Reflection I

2010

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Reflection II

2011

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Six Aquatints (Portfolio of 6)

2013

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Yellow tulips

2014

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Wildflowers in a Vase (Small Cuts)

2008

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White Roses

2014

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Twilight (Portfolio of 3)

2009

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Black Dress (Oona)

2015

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Anna

2013

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Black Dress (Christy)

2015

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Purple Hat (Ada)

2017

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House and Barn (Small Cuts)

2008

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Black Dress (Ruth)

2015

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Flying Carpet (Small Cuts)

2008

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Black Dress (Yvonne)

2015

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Black Dress (Sharon)

2015

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Laura 1

2017

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Blue Umbrella 2

2020

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Ada in Spain

2018

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Ada

2011

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Red Sail (Small Cuts)

2008

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Black Dress (Ulla)

2015

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Seagull

2010

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Small Cuts (Portfolio of 6)

2008

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Maine Woods

2013