Alex Katz

  • Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s
    April 30, 2017 - July 6, 2017
    Cleveland Museum of Art
    11150 East Blvd
    Cleveland, OHIO

    One of the most acclaimed artists working today, Alex Katz (b. 1927) surprised the American art world during the 1950s with his refreshingly innovative approaches to painting portraits, landscapes, and still lifes. The first museum survey of these pathbreaking works, Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s showcases more than 70 key loans from public and private collections.  

    The exhibition’s title derives from his early manifesto announcing his intentions to invigorate traditional artistic subject matter. Creating work at a time when abstract painting dominated the art scene, Katz forged an ingenious way to wed abstraction with recognizable imagery by paring down his compositions to their most fundamental elements. In retrospect, these works prefigured the subsequent development of Pop Art. 

    At this time Katz also began making collages from watercolored paper, inspired in part by the cut-paper constructions of Henri Matisse. Intimate in scale and delicate in construction, these works formed a distinctive body of work that complemented his larger paintings. By the late 1950s, Katz adapted this technique to invent his freestanding or wall-mounted “cutouts,” a revolutionary blending of painting and sculpture. 


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  • TALK 6 pm
    September 24, 2016 - September 24, 2016
    Paris Marais

    On the occasion of his exhibition New Landscapes in our Paris Marais space, Alex Katz will be in conversation with art critic Marie Maertens on Saturday 24 September at 6 pm.

    Don’t miss the opportunity to meet the internationally acclaimed artist and hear his own observations and opinions about art.

    The talk coincides with the exhibition featuring the artist’s most recent works, including several monumental landscape paintings brought together for the first time.

    The talk will be in English

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  • Quick Light
    June 2, 2016 - September 11, 2016
    Serpentine Gallery
    London, UK
    The Serpentine presents the work of renowned American painter Alex Katz (b. 1927, Brooklyn, New York). This exhibition will bring together Katz’s extraordinarily productive output of recent years alongside works from across his career in an installation that responds and relates to the unique context of the Serpentine Gallery.

    The Serpentine exhibition takes landscape as its focus, bringing together Katz’s extraordinarily productive output of recent years alongside select works from the past two decades. Katz’s landscape paintings exemplify his life-long quest to capture the present tense in paint. Regardless of their scale, Katz describes these paintings as ‘environmental’ in the way in which they envelop the viewer. Defined by temporal qualities of light, times of the day and the changing of the seasons, these paintings respond and relate to the unique context of the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens. The exhibition will also include a recent series of portraits and expand beyond the walls of the gallery into the park with a new cut-out sculpture.
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  • This is Now
    October 23, 2015 - February 7, 2016
    Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain

    After it's great success at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, USA, in 2015, the comprehensive solo exhibition This is Now by Alex Katz will travel to the Guggenheim Bilbao. Landscape is one of the main themes in the work of Alex Katz, one of the most unique voices in American art. This exhibition shows the artist's approach to this subject over different phases in his career, and spans from the 1980s to his latest paintings of monumental landscape.

    For further information please visit the museum's website here

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  • I Like America
    September 27, 2015 - September 4, 2016
    Schauwerk Sindelfingen
    Sindelfingen, Germany

    The exhibition I LIKE AMERICA, with works from the collection of Christiane Schaufler-Münch and Peter Schaufler, brings together over a hundred works of art by forty American artists.The presentation includes works from the period between 1960 and 2014 with an emphasis on the 1990s and 2000s. The exhibition traces back conceptual movements in painting, sculpture, graphic arts and photography since the 1960s with a focus on Abstract Expressionism, Pop-Art, Minimal Art, and Concept Art.

    For further information please visit the museum's website here

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  • Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s
    July 11, 2015 - October 18, 2015
    Colby Museum of Art, Waterville, USA

    The Colby Museum of Art in Waterville, USA, presents from 11 July 2015 a major exhibition by Alex Katz focussing on the creative period in the 1950s. Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s features sixty-five paintings, cutouts, and collages, including many on loan from the artist and major public and private collections.


    Picture: Alex Katz, Edith and Rudy, 1957
, Oil on linen, 36 x 60 in., Collection of the artist, Art © Alex Katz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

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  • This Is Now
    June 21, 2015 - September 6, 2015
    High Museum of Art, Atlanta, USA

    From 21 June until 6 September 2015 the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, USA, dedicates a solo show to Alex Katz. Alex Katz, This Is Now explores the development of landscape in Katz's career, from a seminal subject in his earliest work to its prominence in Katz's art of the last twenty-five years. For further information about the exhibition please visit the museum´s official website here.

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    May 28, 2014 - September 28, 2014
    Albertina Museum
    Vienna, Austria

    On the occasion of his most recent gift of 60 works, the Albertina is presenting its entire collection of drawings and cards, as well as a selection of the paintings by Alex Katz.


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  • ARTIST ROOMS - Tate Modern
    April 26, 2014 - March 1, 2015
    Tate Modern
    London, England

    The ARTIST ROOMS displays at Tate Modern during 2014 is dedicating a room to American artists Alex Katz. The Katz display will feature a group of large landscape paintings.

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  • Alex Katz: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art
    December 8, 2013 - March 16, 2014
    Mattatuck Museum, CT (USA)

    Throughout his illustrious 50 year career, Alex Katz has exhibited great artistic independence in articulating an original vision. Associated with Pop Art, his flat, elegant and realistic style made him a pioneer in figure painting. The Mattatuck is proud to showcase forty plus paintings of family and friends by this celebrated living artist drawn from the holdings of New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art.

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