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Alex Katz at the Met

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Alex Katz, Purple Wind, 1995. Oil on linen, 320 x 243,8 cm. Courtesy of the artist
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The exhibition Alex Katz at the Met, mounted in celebration of gifts both donated and promised to the Met, gathers eight works by Alex Katz (Brooklyn, 1927) that span nearly the entire arc of his career and include drawings, prints, and paintings. Among the pieces are two cutouts, the innovative artistic device that the artist pioneered in the late 1950s; a cityscape; several portraits of Ada, his wife and long-time muse; and portraits of luminaries from his own social and artistic circles.

 

Alex Katz came of age as an artist during the heyday of the New York School. In the late 1950s, he began to develop his mature style, one characterized by elegance, simplicity, and stylized abstraction. Committed to depicting recognizable motifs, the artist minimizes details and shading, choosing instead to summarize his subjects with the help of bold contours, blocks of color, and strategic swipes of the brush. As much as they represent a specific person or place, his production also address the act of seeing itself; that is, the peculiar mechanics of viewing, and the experience of spectatorship.

 

The exhibition can be visited until June 26, 2016, at the Met, Gallery 918. For more information, please visit the museum’s website.