Alex Katz

Black Dress (Ruth)

Alex Katz

Black Dress (Ruth)

Price: $20,000.00

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Details

Technique:
Silkscreen
Year:
2015
Edition Size:
35
Dimensions:
203.2 x 76.2 cm (80.0 x 30.0 in)
Signature:
Signed and numbered

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About the Artwork

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. This paintings 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.

"I also love what a simple black dress says about the woman who wears it. By making such a subtle and concise choice, she’s letting the world know she is strong and her sense of self is powerful."

Calvin Klein

Ruth is part of the "Black Dress" series of 9 life size screen prints of the main women Katz has painted over the years. Ruth poses leaning against a yellow background and wearing a unique style of a little black dress, looking confident and elegant, classy but at the same almost snobbish. Ruth embodies all of Katz' main themes in: the Black Dress, the Women, the Black and Yellow color blocking, the seriality and the coolness.

About the Artist

Weng Contemporary Katz Artists Signature Shot

Alex Katz (born 1927, New York, USA) is the outstanding protagonist of figurative painting, and one of the most influential international artists. During 1980s Alex Katz was considered to be one of the founders of the Pop Art movement, nevertheless he pursued developing his own independant style.

About the printing Technique

Silkscreen

Silkscreen is the process of using a mesh-based stencil to apply ink onto a substrate, the technique is also known as the screen print.