Alex Katz

Black Dress (Ulla)

Alex Katz

Black Dress (Ulla)

Price: $14,000.00

Framing not included


Edition Size:
203.2 x 76.2 cm (80.0 x 30.0 in)
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.

"Alex Katz has been painting me on and off for a few years now... this is one of his latest series which includes me. I am the lady in the middle."


Ulla is part of the "Black Dress" series of 9 life size screen prints of the main women Katz has painted over the years. Ulla is a model who Alex Katz has portrayed in the past. She 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 time almost snobbish. Ulla has all of Katz' main themes in it: the Black Dress, the Women, the Black and Yellow color blocking, the seriality and the coolness with which Katz portraits his models.

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