Weng Contemporary


Black Dress 5 (Ulla)-Alex Katz-1

The Black Dress has been a recurrent theme in Alex Katz' work since the very beginnings. 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. These paintings date back to 1960 and are owned by the Brandhorst collection in Munich. Ulla is a model who Alex Katz has often portrayed. She poses wearing a unique style of a little black dress, looking confident and elegant, classy but at the same time almost snobbish. Ulla has all of Katz' main themes in it: the Black Dress, the Women, the seriality and the coolness with which Katz portraits his models. The present edition is a variation on the "Black Dress" theme, where the artist employs the medium of a cutout from shaped powder-coated aluminum, printed the same on each side with UV cured archival inks, clear coated, and mounted to 1/4 inch stainless steel base. The work is engraved with the artist signature on top of base; stamped with edition number and artist & publisher copyright, base underside.

“ Ultimately, content is not important. The style is what is important. „

Alex Katz