Weng Contemporary


Black Dress (Yvonne)-Alex Katz-1

The Black Dress has been a recurrent theme in Alex Katz's work since the very beginning. The theme of the edition goes back to one of his most iconic early paintings, which is indeed titled "Black Dress" and depicts 6 different perspectives of a woman wearing a classical, Breakfast-at-Tiffany like black shift dress. This painting dates from 1960 and is owned by the Brandhorst collection in Munich. The actual composition for the edition refers to the original painting "Black dress" from 2010. Yvonne is part of the "Black Dress" series of 9 life-size screen prints of the main women Katz has painted over the years. The model is Yvonne Force Villareal, Co-Founder of Art Production Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to commissioning and producing ambitious public art projects, reaching new audiences and expanding awareness through contemporary art. Yvonne embodies all of Katz's main themes: the Black Dress, the Women, the Black and Yellow color blocking, the seriality, and the coolness with which Katz portraits his models.